The wild blue yonder has been the area of the US Air Force for many years. In this slideshow, we’re taking a seventy fifth anniversary tour of the plane that Air Force pilots have flown, from the late Forties to the current day.
Pictured listed below are F-16 Fighting Falcons flying in tight formation for the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s demonstration squadron.
It was in 1947 that the USAF turned an impartial army department, breaking away from the US Army on the daybreak of jet planes and the atomic age.
There are literally two dates from that 12 months to contemplate. On July 25, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, which decreed that the Air Force must be its personal separate department. Then on Sept. 18, the act took impact — and that is the date the Air Force celebrates.
This 12 months can also be the one hundred and fifteenth anniversary of the primary US army service devoted to flying plane within the nationwide protection: the Aeronautical Division of the US Signal Corps, which got here into being on Aug. 1, 1907. We’re having a look at that period in a separate slideshow, spanning from biplanes to jet prototypes.
This was initially printed July 27, 2017, to mark the seventieth anniversary of the US Air Force.