Air Force 75th Birthday


For 75 years, American Airmen have excelled as they execute the Air Force mission to fly, fight, and win — delivering airpower anytime, anywhere in defense of our nation.  

Airmen are called to “Innovate, Accelerate and Thrive” as the U.S. Air Force and Department of the Air Force approach their 75th anniversaries on Sept. 18, 2022. Airmen will always be there to provide America with the airpower it needs to defend the nation, deter or defeat our adversaries, reassure our partners and allies, and help diplomacy proceed from a position of strength. 



This Month in AF History

  • January 1991: Operation Desert Storm - The 2nd Bomb Wing launched seven B-52G Stratofortresses at 6:36 a.m., Jan. 16, from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, headed to the Iraqi combat zone. There, on Jan. 17, they launched 35 cruise missiles against targets in Iraq before returning to Barksdale AFB. This flight was then considered the longest bombing mission in history.

  • Jan. 13, 1993: First U.S. military woman in space - Maj. Susan Helms became the first U.S. military woman in space during a flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

  • Jan. 30, 2001: An F-22 Raptor No. 4004 finally completed its ferry flight Jan. 30, 2001. On Jan. 31, the aircraft completed its range mission and satisfied the requirements of the DAB RCS (Radar Cross-Section) TEST criteria.


AF 75th Birthday INNOVATE

Innovation, fueled by Airmen, is our heritage. Airmen continue to push technological and cultural boundaries which make America the leader in airpower and spacepower. Innovation is an integral part of how we train and employ our squadrons, develop our capabilities, and continue to move toward an even more effective Air Force.

AF 75th Birthday Accelerate

From their inception 75 years ago, the U.S. Air Force and Department of the Air Force have excelled at keeping pace with rapid changes in technology and in the demands placed on the Air Force’s five core missions: air superiority; global strike; rapid global mobility; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and command and control.

AF 75th Birthday Thrive

We are the world’s greatest Air Force because of those who have gone before us – particularly those who weren’t afraid to break barriers. Empowered Airmen are the competitive edge we have over our adversaries and the reason we are the world’s greatest Air Force.


Anniversary Celebrations Around the Air Force

AF 75th Birthday

Yesterday, Today and into the future!

Air Force Legends: Gen. Charles E. Yeager

Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager made world history on Oct. 14, 1947, when he became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound. During his nine-year assignment as the nation's leading test pilot, he also became the first man to fly more than twice the speed of sound in level flight, flying the Bell X-lA on Dec. 12, 1953.



The Road to #AF75

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