Friday is the U.S. Air Force's birthday and we're celebrating with a special United States Air Force Heroes in Action this week with nothing but official Air Force videos. Join us in wishing the U.S. Air Force a very happy 68th birthday!
The official date of the founding of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947. The history of the Air Force does, however, go back a little further.
According to Military.com, "From the time that the US military purchased its first aircraft in 1909 up to 1947, the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designations: Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909); Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914); United States Army Air Service (1918); United States Army Air Corps (1926), United States Army Air Forces (1941).
WWII illustrated the value of airpower, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces. The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs. In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy. The official birthday of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947."
The United States Air Force birthday is a celebration of our service's heritage of innovation along with America's Airmen who provide global vigilance, reach and power. In the Official Air Force's 68th birthday videos, see how early pioneers epitomized the spirit of creativity, growing the service into our modern day Air Force and instilling a culture of agility and inclusion for generations to come.
AFSOC provides Air Force special operations forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to regional unified commands. The command's SOF are composed of highly-trained, rapidly deployable Airmen, conducting global special operations missions ranging from precision application of firepower, to infiltration, exfiltration, resupply and refueling of SOF operational missions.
Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance is one of the Air Force’s five enduring core missions and is integral to Global Vigilance for the nation—foundational to Global Reach and Global Power. As we transition to what will likely be a highly volatile, unpredictable future, Air Force ISR will be the bedrock upon which the service provides freedom of action to our joint and coalition partners. Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance is the top combatant commander requirement and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Balancing capabilities across the range of military operations remains a top priority as ISR experts deliver decision advantage to commanders at all levels.
The Air Force provides space power vital to U.S. national security - and we have for decades. It fundamentally underpins our ability to conduct operations, understand the global environment, project power, support diplomatic efforts and enables global economic prosperity. Space power has been a key element of U.S. power for more than 30 years, providing a unique vantage to observe activity around the globe, relay terrestrial communication and provide precision position information. Today, the entire world is integrating space services in every aspect of modern society.
Since its inception, the U.S. Air Force has been developing the fastest, most powerful aircraft in the world. From the X-1 that broke the barrier of sound to today’s F-35 that combines supersonic speed, advanced stealth capabilities and integrated avionics.
When Lt Col Malachowski applied to join the Air Force Thunderbirds, little did she know that there had never been a female Thunderbird pilot before. This story tells how she broke through the glass canopy to become the first.
Check out this video highlighting Airmen from the 100th Fighter Squadron showcasing what it means to be a F-16 fighter pilot over the skies of Afghanistan.
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