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Special guests including National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Director retired Lt. Gen. John L. Hudson and Air Force Director of Staff Lt. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost cut the ceremonial ribbon for the public opening of the Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Ohio, May 17, 2018. The Memphis Belle crew completed their 25th mission in Europe exactly 75 years before the ribbon cutting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Friedl) Memphis Belle opens at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Seventy five years ago on May 17, 1943, the crew of the B-17F Memphis Belle completed their 25th combat mission in Nazi-occupied Europe. They overcame insurmountable odds by becoming the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions and return to the U.S. Exactly 75 years after their last mission, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has the renovated Memphis Belle on display to the public May 17, 2018.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday’s Air Force: Strategic Bombers
Since the World War II era, the Air Force has relied on strategic bombers to gather intelligence and defend the United States against adversaries.
0 4/20
2018
Tuskegee Airmen Heritage Flight Fairfield to the front lines: Honoring Air Force heritage
The aircraft was a C-5M Super Galaxy assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron, and its 11-person crew was all African-American. This historic mission was created to honor the heritage of the Tuskegee Airmen and to showcase the capability of Travis AFB to deliver cargo from the U.S. to the front lines in Afghanistan.
0 3/07
2018
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday’s Air Force: Operation Santa
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – What started as a simple typo, turned into yearly tradition where every year the North American Aerospace Defense Command helps children all over the world track Santa. Track Santa this year at www.noradsanta.org.Yesterday's Air Force is a history and heritage featurette series profiling significant people and
0 12/20
2017
Default Air Force Logo Newest PACE video highlights team concept, contributions of Civilian employees
The Profession of Arms Center of Excellence unveiled “Teamwork,” Aug. 11th, which is the newest Heritage Today video. “Teamwork” highlights the importance of military and civilians working together; and the impact and value Air Force civilians bring to the fight.
0 8/11
2017
Vietnamese personnel screen soil as they work alongside Defense POW/MIA Accountability Agency members in hopes of recovering parts from a fallen aircraft or service member in Phuoc Son providence, Vietnam, May 27, 2017. The local nationals the service members increase the amount of work that is completed throughout the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka) Search for our fallen continues
Drenched in sweat from the hot, humid Vietnam weather, our shovels breached the earth’s surface excavating the ground and placing it into buckets to be screened as we searched for one of our own.
0 8/02
2017
U.S. Air Force (Retired) Chief Master Sgt. James Cotten, poses for a photo after an interview in Norfolk, Va., July 18, 2017. Cotten served from August 1945 to January, 1966. During the first part of his career Cotten was assigned to the Army Air Corps, 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron to work with the Tuskegee Airmen. Tuskegee Airman trail blazes through history
In the early 20th century the military was a different experience for some. Among those members was U.S. Air Force retired Chief Master Sgt. James Cotten, a Tuskegee Airman, who was drafted at the age of 18 in 1945.
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2017
A U.S. F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performs for a crowd of nearly 100,000 people at Le Bourget Airport, France, during the Paris Air Show, June 23, 2017. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to showcase their leadership in aerospace technology to an international audience. By participating, the U.S. hopes to promote standardization and interoperability of equipment with their NATO allies and international partners. This year marks the 52nd Paris Air Show and the event features more than 100 aircraft from around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) F-35 makes historic appearance at Paris Air Show
The U.S. made history when two F-35A Lightning IIs arrived at the Paris Air Show to fly the aircraft's first public aerial demonstrations June 19 – 25, 2017. Pulling off a historic event such as this takes months of careful planning and preparation. This team had only 36 days to make it happen.
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2017
On May 9, 2017, the 15th ATKS celebrated their 100-year anniversary and reflected on the unit’s extensive and honorable heritage, which coincidentally, includes their use of airpower in nearly every major conflict of the 20th Century. This heritage is carried on in today’s fight with remotely piloted aircraft MQ-1 Predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James Thompson) MQ-1 squadron celebrates 100 years
The 15th Attack Squadron patch depicting a pigeon clutching a telescope harkens to the squadron’s long history of reconnaissance missions. On May 9, 2017, the 15th ATKS celebrated their 100-year anniversary and reflected on the unit’s extensive and honorable heritage, which coincidentally includes their use of airpower in nearly every major conflict of the 20th century. This heritage is continues today with the MQ-1 Predators.
0 5/12
2017
Col. Nathan Green, commander of the 492nd Special Operations Wing, activates the 492nd Special Operations Advanced Capability Squadron during an activation ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 10, 2017. Green appointed Lt. Col. Matthew Laurentz to command the 492nd SOACS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) 492nd Special Operations Wing activation completes circle of history, heritage
The Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center was inactivated, and the 492nd Special Operations Wing was activated during a ceremony here, May 10, 2017. Simultaneously, the 492nd Special Operations Group and the 492nd Special Operations Training Group were activated under the 492nd SOW.
0 5/11
2017
Default Air Force Logo First combat MQ-1, MQ-9 wing celebrates 10 years at Creech AFB
The 432nd Wing celebrated their 10th anniversary at Creech Air Force Base as a combat remotely piloted aircraft wing May 1, 2017. In attendance was Gen. Mike Holmes, the Air Combat Command commander, Col. Case Cunningham, the 432nd WG/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and 400 Airmen of the wing.
0 5/05
2017
Jeff Thatcher, son of Doolittle Raider, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, gives remarks at the National Museum of the United States Air Force April 18, 2017. The memorial service, including a wreath laying, honored the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in which 80 volunteers used 16 B-25 bombers to strike the Japanese mainland from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, turning the tide of World War II. The ceremony included two flyovers of B-25 bombers, one in the missing man formation, and a B-1B bomber flyover, one of which had been rechristened the "Ruptured Duck" in a ceremony the day before. Staff Sgt. Thatcher was a crew member on the original Ruptured Duck, during the Doolittle Raid. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth) Wright-Patterson, NMUSAF pay tribute to Doolittle Raid 75th anniversary
Friends, family and fans from around the country came together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid April 17-18, 2017, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid on Tokyo was an important event in the development of American air power as it was the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.
0 4/19
2017
Becky Thatcher, daughter of the late Doolittle Raider Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Hatten from 28th Maintenance Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Ruptured Duck dedicated crew chief, unveil the newest rendition of the Ruptured Duck artwork during a ceremony for the new Ruptured Duck artwork, Apr. 17, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The original artwork featured a cross-eyed duck, wearing a leather helmet, staring out over crossed crutches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth) Rechristening honors Doolittle Raiders’ 75th anniversary
The 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was commemorated April 17, 2017, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a B-1 Lancer bomber from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, was rechristened the “Ruptured Duck”. New nose art was also unveiled on the B-1 in tribute to a B-25 Mitchell bomber flown during the Doolittle Raid in 1942.
0 4/19
2017
In April 1967, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Airey set on a path untraveled by any other Airman in the U.S. Air Force, and became the first chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Since then, only 17 other men have followed in Airey’s esteemed path, yet the impact of these Airmen continuously ricocheted across the force. Celebrating 50 years of the CMSAF
In April 1967, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Airey set on a path untraveled by any other Airman in the U.S. Air Force.
0 4/03
2017
Master Sgt. Jason Paseur, the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing historian, poses for a photo in front of a C-130H Hercules at the flightline here Feb. 7, 2017. Paseur is a reservist deployed from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. and teaches history as a civilian. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park) Deployment provides reservist teacher valuable experience for classroom
Master Sgt. Jason Paseur, currently deployed in Southwest Asia as the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing historian, is always on the hunt for creative lessons for the classroom where he teaches as a civilian. Paseur is a reservist deployed from the 94th Airlift Wing out of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.
0 2/09
2017
Default Air Force Logo Scott AFB celebrates century of service
Located in the heartland of America, Scott Air Force Base marked the historic milestone with a kickoff celebration Jan. 7 that helped launch a yearlong effort to honor its heritage, thank its mission and community partners and posture the installation for the next 100 years.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Archaeologists discover proof of wetlands, ancient life on Utah range
A team of archaeologists recently working on the Utah Test and Training Range under the direction of the Hill Air Force Base Cultural Resource Program discovered a 12,300-year-old hearth -- an archaeological "feature" -- and artifacts, which tell the story of North America's earliest inhabitants and of a very different landscape from that of today.
0 8/09
2016
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday’s Air Force: Apollo 15
Manned by an all-Air Force crew, the Apollo 15 mission was considered a great success. It was the fourth time man had landed on the moon.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday’s Air Force: AF museum opens new building
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is showing off its brand new hangar full of historical aircraft and tons of Air Force history. It features four sections: presidential, research and development, space, and global reach.
0 6/28
2016
On June 25, 1996, a tanker truck filled with explosives erupted at the Khobar Towers housing complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Nineteen Airmen were killed and hundreds more were wounded in the attack; of those killed, 12 were members of the 33rd Fighter Wing based out of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Courtesy photo/Yancy Mailes) Documenting a tragedy: Global Strike historian recalls Khobar Towers
Yancy Mailes, the Air Force Global Strike Command historian, was a 27-year-old staff sergeant at the time. It was June 25, 1996, and he had been the wing’s historian for three months. With little training and less experience, he found himself as one of the key contributors to documenting the tragedy of Khobar Towers, in 19 Airmen were killed and more than 350 others were injured during the terrorist attack.
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2016
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