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 Staff Sgt. Cynthia Belio
Air Force 75th Anniversary Promo (60 sec)
Air Force Television Pentagon (SAF/PAI)
June 10, 2022 | 1:11
This year’s Air Force 75th Anniversary theme is “Innovate, Accelerate, Thrive … the Air Force at 75”.

“From its inception, the Air Force has excelled at keeping pace with rapid changes in innovation and technology,” said Genera CQ Brown, Jr., Air Force Chief of Staff. “At 75 years, the U.S. Air Force is thriving, but we must continue to accelerate the pursuit of today's dreams, so they become tomorrow's realities.”

Yesterday, Today and into the future!

This Month in AF History

  • Sept. 1, 1975: Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. becomes the first Black officer to achieve four-star rank in the United States military. 
  • Sept. 2, 1977: The first class of women pilots graduates at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. 
  • Sept. 8, 1990: Marcelite Jordan Harris became the first Black woman in the Air Force to hold the grade of brigadier general. 
  • Sept. 17, 1987: Maj. Brent A. Hedgpeth and his crew earned part of the Mackay Trophy for most meritorious flight of the year after setting nine flight records for speed in a B-1B Lancer. 
  • Sept. 18, 1947: W. Stuart Symington is sworn in as the first secretary of the Air Force. This was the effective date of the transfer of air activities from the Army to the new Department of the Air Force. 
  • Sept. 19, 2005: The Air Force accepted the first production CV–22 Osprey. Designed originally for the Navy, the tilt-wing aircraft could take off like a helicopter and fly like an airplane. 
  • Sept. 23, 1982: Headquarters U.S. Air Force activates Space Command, later to be designated Air Force Space Command. 
  • Sept. 25, 1947: President Harry S. Truman names Gen. Carl A. Spaatz as the first U.S. Air Force chief of staff. 
  • Sept. 26, 1947: Defense Secretary James V. Forrestal orders the transfer of personnel, bases and materiel from the Army to the new Department of the Air Force. 

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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Air Force 75th Anniversary Promo (60 sec)

Air Force Television Pentagon (SAF/PAI)