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Structure of the USAAC – Airforces

The structure of the American Air Force is complex and confusing. Much of it was formed hurriedly during the Second World War, but elements can be traced back as far as the First World War. At its peak, there were almost 2.5 million people employed within its scope both within the United States and overseas in one of the many theatres of operation.

At the start of the Second World War, there were 4 air forces, (designated by district), which were then renumbered 1 – 4 in early 1941. These stayed based within the U.S. covering the West Coast and some training operations on the East Coast and in the southern U.S. The newly established forces were then formed for overseas service. The Fifth, Seventh, Tenth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Twentieth covering the Pacific / Asia campaigns; the Eighth, Ninth, Twelfth and Fifteenth, the European / African / Middle East Theatre; the Sixth covering Panama and finally the Eleventh covering Alaska. During the period 7th December 1941 to 2nd September 1945, there were 16 …..

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US Air Force Birthday

Thunderbird pilots w/ their planes

Thunderbird pilots w/ their planes

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

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See the video for the US Air Force 67th Birthday right  Here!

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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US Army Air Corps,

US Army Air Corps, “Hap” Arnold’s wings

From Andrew Reynolds in our comments, the Air Force Song –

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl3I-fYYaoA&feature=youtu.be

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Air Force Humor – Military-humor-funny-joke-air-force-aircraft-b-52-concert

With all the cut backs - they need to test the new equipment

With all the cut backs – they need to test the new equipment

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Farewell Salutes – 

Jay Angell – Wellsville, NY; US Army Air Corps, SSgt., WWII

May they soar w/ their fellow pilots forever....

May they soar w/ their fellow pilots forever….

John Archer – Boise, ID; US Air Force, Korea, (Ret. 20 years)

David Blatchford – Colorado; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Robert Morris – Glen Ridge, NJ; US Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt., WWII

Edwin Neff – Richmond Hill, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Middle East

Homer Scales Jr. – Newburgh, IN; US Air Force, Korea

James Slayter – Topeka, KS; US Air Force, Korea

P.J. Thomas – Jacksonville, FL; US Army Air Corps, Col. (Ret.), Bronze Star

Leslie Utley – Mayville, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII

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