U.S. Air Force 72nd Birthday

The official birthday for the US Air Force is 18 September 1947 as enacted under the National Security Act of 1947.

 

 

 

HIGH FLIGHT

by: John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed

and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of – 

Wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence.

Hovering there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flug

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delicious burning blue

I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untresspassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

 

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Military Humor – Air Force Style – 

They won’t be singing “Love Shack”!

Maybe “What ya gonna do, send me to McMurdo?” wasn’t the best comeback to the Colonel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Akika A. Abe – Oakland, CA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, G-2, 11th Airborne Division

Charles Brannan (103) – Meade, KS; US Army Air Corps, WWII, B-24 pilot / Korea & Vietnam, Lt. Col. (Ret. 31 y.)

Michael Dux – Denver, CO; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, B-25 flight engineer / State Dept.

‘Last Flight’, by Rhads

Jeremy Griffin – Cristobal, PAN; US Army, Afghanistan, 3/1st Special Forces Group, KIA

Carl Kalwaitis – Elkton, VA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO

Robert McClelland – Gilmer, TX; US Air Force, surgeon

Auburn Smith – Picayune, MS; US Army Air Corps, WWII, paratrooper

Robert Werschey – Licoln, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Charles Whisenant – Washington D.C.; US Navy, WWII, aircraft mechanic

John Yaeger (100) – White Sulphur Springs, WV; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, Captain

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 18, 2019, in Current News, Home Front, Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 89 Comments.

  1. Never backchat the colonel!

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to the U.S.A.F! (from an Air Force Brat)

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  3. Great poem. Thanks for posting GP, I wasn’t aware of it.

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  4. What a magnificent post
    Thank YOU!

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  5. That poem is a great tribute to the birth date of the US Air Force, it encapsulates the whole world and emotions of those who reached for the skies. Great remembrance post gp.

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  6. Wonderful poem. Always a favorite.

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  7. Happy Birthday too our AIR FORCE and GOD Bless ALL our VETERANS!!

    I am a Conservative Christian Republican Patriot in our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America and I STAND with the Holy Land of Israel-Yisrael!!

    Love Always, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  8. Happy Birthday, USAF! 🌈

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  9. Belated Happy Birthday USAF

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  10. A high-flyin’-wonderful tribute, GP!
    Happy Birthday USAF!!! 🙂
    That poem always brings tears to my eyes.
    Their song always brings tears to my eyes. (Each of our military, and patriotic, songs do that do me, because I am so so SO grateful for our country, our military, and each person who has served or is currently serving!!!!!!!)
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  11. Happy belated birthday USAF!

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  12. Happy birthday to the Air Force!

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  13. Happy Birthday, Airforce Keep kicking some serious ass!

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  14. Happy Birthday to the Air Force! Incredibly power poem, GP.

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  15. I salute the AF on it’s birthday.Great organization with a great history.
    From a personal view the AF was great finding the drop zone for me to land in.

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  16. Love the B-52 photo and hurray for the Air Force!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday, Air Force. My uncle served as a P-38 pilot during WWII. He was in a recon squadron and did a lot of the pre D day emplacement photos in France. His cannon and machine guns were replaced by cameras. He used to joke that he was a menace with his .45 when jumped by the Luftwaffe or targeted by antiaircraft fire. In reality, exceptional pilot skills and a powerful plane kept him safe. Super video, GP.

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  18. You always do such good posts for these events. RT and FB.

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  19. my snappy salute! keep up the good work!

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  20. Happy Birthday USAF! The baby of the armed forces, but it certainly has grown up fast.

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  21. The High Flight poem is a stunning piece of written art… I’d been vaguely aware of it for many years but had never read the entire piece before. I can’t even find words to describe the perfection of it. So thank you for showing it here

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  22. One of my scarier childhood memories is our family’s worries about my uncle Larry who was an airman during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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    • That was a very scary time. My aunt and uncle were already at Guantanamo when it started and my cousin was stationed in Norfolk, VA under the Vice-Admiral in charge of sending the ships out. I barely took a breath those days till it was over!!

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  23. My aunt played the Air Force Song on a pump organ at the end of my parents’ wedding! Dad was an instructor of advanced cadets at Marfa, Texas. At the end of the war, he commanded a B-19 with orders for Saipan that September, so never left the States. His brother did, though–flew over the Hump in a C-47. I’m married to a Vietnam Air Force veteran.

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  24. My husband’s uncle was a Catholic Chaplin who flew on bombers over Europe with the Army Air Force. He later became a Lt. Colonel, then on retirement, a parish priest. Happy Birthday to the Air Force!

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  25. In the Farewell Salutes: A Japanese-American who served despite the (understandable) anti-Japanese sentiment fed and encouraged by FDR’s government.

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    • And if you’ll notice the G-2 in there. He was obviously a MISer, one of the intelligence unit’s interpreters. Those Nisei were amazing. I have 2 more posts on the Nisei scheduled for very soon.

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  26. Happy Birthday to the USAF!
    I love that poem and 20 years ago spent many hours calligraphying it, it’s still on my dining room wall.

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  27. Congratulations to your air force. We have a lot of historical connection with the WW2 bases in this area, and of course we still have the USAF presence nearby, at Mildenhall.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  28. (Maybe) dumb question: was the Army Air Corps the predecessor to USAF or another entity entirely? Tweeted this commemoration!

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  29. Only if you’re an AF type. My roommate was an Army officer who was trying to save her money. She would handwash her BDUs in a tiny bathroom sink because the camp laundry didn’t press them and they wore out faster and there was a charge to send them to the dry cleaners.

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  30. Happy Birthday, AF. The youngest service–and the ones that know how to live with the most comfort. When I was an MWR specialist in Hungary back in the 1990s, we all lived in two barracks. The AF barracks was the only one that had washers and dryers for its troops. And that is a no-kidder.

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  31. Well, Happy Birthday 72nd ! 😉

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  32. happy birthday usaf!

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  33. Happy Birthday US Air Force, and just to say that I scored very badly indeed in identifying all of the aircraft in the video with the song. I’m going to blame my age.

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