Happy Birthday, Air Force!

| September 18, 2019

72 Years old today.

The official Air Force Birthday is recognized as September 18, 1947, which is the date of the passage of the National Security Act of 1947. That legislation created what would later become to known as the United States Department of Defense. This established the United States Air Force as a separate branch of military service.

The 72nd Air Force Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Before the creation of the Air Force, the military’s flying operations were handled by the U.S. Army on land and the Navy by sea. The history of this branch of service is an important part of the history of air power in the United States. Naturally, the Air Force birthday owes a great deal to Orville and Wilbur Wright who pioneered mechanized flight with their successful mission in 1903.

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  1. ninja says:

    Thank You, AW1Ed!

    Happy 72nd to the Men and Women of the Greatest Air Force in the World: Our United States Air Force!

  2. ninja says:

    “5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to Fight with the U.S. Air Force”

  3. The Other Whitey says:

    I feel like I should post pics of the 1/48 scale F-4E I built for my niece for Christmas. Air Force SEA camo with MiG kill stars and a Sparrow/Sidewinder loadout. If a Vietnam-era Double Ugly ain’t an appropriate tribute to the Air Force, I don’t know what could be.

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    Wondered when we’d see something on this. Guess all the wingwipers were out turning a good impact range into a golf course. My favorite of 3 brothers was an airedale. Had a very honorable career ’73 – 99 retired as a Chief, have been very proud of him.

    If I may be so aggrava…err..bold to say. The ARMY Air Corps had its’ roots with Professor Thaddeus Lowe’s Balloon Corps’ service with the Army of the Potomac under McClellan. They were FIRST used to observe troop movements and as spotters for the Artillery (The King of Battle). The Confederates attempted to counter these balloons with some of their own that were made from the silk petticoats of the Ladies of Richmond. The logistics of the Richmond Gas Works and filling the balloons made the prospect of their use limited. Typical of politicians, the Congresses on both sides refused to allocate enough monies to make these tools viable.

    Cool videos ninja…Thanks!

    Happy Birthday ya Air Force Pukes!

  5. Sapper3307 says:

    Army Air Core, miss you every day.

  6. Sapper3307 says:

    Our first two (2) F35s will arrive in Vermont tomorrow, looking forward to freedom sounds and crying space hippies.

  7. Devtun says:

    The first proposed Air Force flag was a green flag w/ a Wright Bros plane in the center. It was roundly rejected by the brass. What the generals wanted was a flag that projected a powerful symbolism. What was created is one of the most iconic recognizable flags w/ the spread winged bald eagle, Jupiter’s thunderbolts, the 13 stars for the original colonies, etc.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    Happy birthday, Air Force, and many, many more to come.

  9. Mason says:

    Was wondering if y’all were gonna honor us Zoomies on our birthday. Knew you wouldn’t let me down, Ed.

    It’s easy to remember the date for me. It’s my dad’s birthday and my grandmother-in-law’s.

  10. The Stranger says:

    Tip of the glass to my former branch of the military. I’m now more green than blue, but I’m still proud of my time on that side of the house. And, I’ve been an Engineer in both branches, Essayons!

  11. Pointyhead says:

    I did 21 years in the AF, from 74-99 as an Avionics troop. Got out as E-7 and have been working for the government as a contractor ever since. I have worked a variety of aircraft starting with the C-131 (google that one) and ended up on the KC-135R (R’s are bigger than yours!) I’m still working on the base where I smell burning jet fuel every morning. I am so blessed!

    • FuzeVT says:

      Ah Convair. . . I started working at a defense contractor that has Convair as a legacy company. Due to being a historically minded guy, I started looking up info on all of those legacy companies and learned a lot about Convair. They made a lot of great aircraft. From props to jets (and the B-36 had both), they made some awesome stuff.
      A plane with a nuclear reactor on board? Sure! What could go wrong there?!

  12. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Happy Birthday to the Air Force. One of their better commercials: