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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. 







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.





75th Anniversary Poster Archive


75th Anniversary Videos

Video by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Dischinat
Happy 100th Birthday Gen. Robin Olds - from Wolves both current and past!
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 13, 2022 | 4:46
American fighter pilot, general officer, triple ace, the first Wolf. The list of achievements for Brigadier General Robin Olds could go on and on. Today, we add another item to that list: centennial.

Today, the Wolf Pack at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, celebrates the 100th birthday of Gen. Olds. The 62nd and current Wolf, Col. Henry R. Jeffress, III, took time to reflect on what Gen. Olds meant, not only to Kunsan Air Base but also the United States Air Force.

Former Wolves - including Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. CQ Brown Jr. and Wolf 46 - provided a short message wishing Gen. Olds a Happy Birthday.

Gen. Olds - thank you for everything you’ve done for the U.S. Air Force. We look forward to another 100 years honoring your legacy!

Yesterday, Today and into the future!

This Month in AF History

  • Oct. 1, 2008: The first F-35 Lightning in the Air Force’s conventional takeoff and landing configuration arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, California, for testing.
  • Oct. 1, 1989: Gen. Hansford T. Johnson becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to become a four-star general.

  • Oct. 7, 2010: The Air Force officially selected “Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win” as its motto.
  • Oct. 11, 1958: The Air Force launched the Pioneer I lunar probe vehicle, which attained a height of approximately 80,000 miles before returning to Earth Oct. 13, 1958.
  • Oct. 11, 1968: U.S. Air Force units supported the first manned space mission in NASA's Apollo project when three astronauts, among them U.S. Air Force Maj. Donn F. Eisele, is launched into an all-day Earth orbit from Cape Kennedy, Florida.
  • Oct. 12, 1977: The first class of five U.S. Air Force women navigator graduates, with three of the five assigned to Military Airlift Command aircrews.
  • Oct. 13, 1972: Capt. Jeffrey S. Feinstein achieves ace status by shooting down his fifth MiG-21.
  • Oct. 14, 1947: Capt. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager made the first faster-than-sound flight at Muroc Air Base, California, in a rocket-powered U.S. Air Force research plane, the Bell XS–1, and won the Mackay Trophy for the most meritorious flight of the year.
  • Oct. 14, 1965: The XB-70 Valkyrie flies at triple-sonic speed for the first time. The six-engine jet hits 2,000 mph at a 70,000-foot altitude.
  • Oct. 15, 1965: The U.S. Air Force graduates the first class of 16 missile combat crew members from its Minuteman education program. Strategic Air Command missilemen receive their master’s degrees under a program sponsored by the Air University’s Air Force Institute of Technology.
  • Oct. 18, 1984: The B-1B Lancer conducts its first flight ahead of schedule.

AF Legends: Brig. Gen. William Mitchell Gen. William Mitchell paved the way for the Air Force. His commitment to pushing boundaries and working towards a distinct aerial service branch seeded a renaissance for the airpower legacy that would distinguish itself during conflicts around the globe for years to come. 
Mitchell never stopped advocating for airpower, though his dedication to developing the aerial warfare aspect of the military led to his military resignation in 1926. Ten years after his resignation, Lt. Col. Mitchell passed away, but was posthumously promoted and awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding pioneer service and foresight in the field of American military aviation. 


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