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Established on September 18th, 1947 by the National Security Act of 1947, the United States Air Force is 73 years old today. Salute to all present and former USAF vets!

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Actually longer than that. As Army Air Forces before 1947.

They have been functioning as a Airforce in both Tactical and Strategic for years prior.

 

It may be the official date in the Fort Fumble for a birthday however the forces were in being a very long time prior to that date.

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Gordon Cooper USAF, was the last American astronaut to ever go up into space alone in his Mercury capsule. Mercury-Atlas 9. His capsule named Faith 7. 

"For that one brief moment, he was the greatest pilot you ever saw." From the movie, "The Right Stuff".

Aim High, Air Force!

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5 minutes ago, xHeavy said:

Actually longer than that. As Army Air Forces before 1947.

They have been functioning as a Airforce in both Tactical and Strategic for years prior.

 

It may be the official date in the Fort Fumble for a birthday however the forces were in being a very long time prior to that date.

True. US Army Air Corps was from 1926 through 1941 when  the US Army Air Force was established. It remained so until 1947 when it was split from the Army to become a separate service.

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And now we have "Space Force". Quite a coup for the Air Force! 

(Not at all keen on the idea, either.)

But, Happy Birthday to all you zoomies out there!

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Happy Birthday United States Air Force.  It was a honor to serve.

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1 hour ago, SkullCowboy_60 said:

True. US Army Air Corps was from 1926 through 1941 when  the US Army Air Force was established. It remained so until 1947 when it was split from the Army to become a separate service.

I've seen the USAF in action ... they should have let the Army keep it!

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1 hour ago, SkullCowboy_60 said:

Established on September 18th, 1947 by the National Security Act of 1947, the United States Air Force is 73 years old today. Salute to all present and former USAF vets!

Happy birthday to the USAF.  :-)

Sincerely,
This USMC Veteran.

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4 minutes ago, Umikami said:

I've seen the USAF in action ... they should have let the Army keep it!

Glad they didn't. We had better chow. Navy beat both. Only mess hall I never ate in was USMC so can't speak to that.

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2 minutes ago, SkullCowboy_60 said:

Glad they didn't. We had better chow. Navy beat both. Only mess hall I never ate in was USMC so can't speak to that.

USMC chow halls. My duty log entry was always "sufficient in quality and quantity". 

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56 minutes ago, SkullCowboy_60 said:

Glad they didn't. We had better chow. Navy beat both. Only mess hall I never ate in was USMC so can't speak to that.

When I was stationed at Ft. Meade, MD, we used to have a midnight meal served in the chow hall, cafeteria style, every night from midnight to 1. Burgers, fries, and all the leftover deserts from the last weeks meals. I found a lot of things to complain about while in the Army, but the chow really wasn't one of them.

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Old to New | Four American Fighter Aircraft - P-51 Mustang, … | Flickr

Happy birthday to all you zoomies, from this jarhead.:Smile_honoring:

 

1 hour ago, SkullCowboy_60 said:

Glad they didn't. We had better chow. Navy beat both. Only mess hall I never ate in was USMC so can't speak to that.

^^100% have to confirm.  Navy had the best food (although I only had a couple of meals in an USAF mess.)

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2 hours ago, Umikami said:

I've seen the USAF in action ... they should have let the Army keep it!

If it stayed in the Army we would have never had these (and numerous others)

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Air Force F-16 squadron trains with partners in Poland

 

 

F-15 Eagles in Europe - Photorecon.net

 

Air-to-air left side view of two F-4E Phantom II and an F-4G

 

This one we might had got...but knowing the Army, probably not.

The US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, flagship of the 81st Fighter  Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany flies over the Mosel River in  central Germany. Spangdahlem AB consists of the 81st Fighter

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9 minutes ago, ClassicLib said:

If it stayed in the Army we would have never had these (and numerous others)

Tail identifier near and dear to my heart

Air Force F-16 squadron trains with partners in Poland

 

 

F-15 Eagles in Europe - Photorecon.net

 

Air-to-air left side view of two F-4E Phantom II and an F-4G

 

This one we might had got...but knowing the Army, probably not.

The US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, flagship of the 81st Fighter  Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany flies over the Mosel River in  central Germany. Spangdahlem AB consists of the 81st Fighter

Spangdahlem Air Base. Went TDY there in 1979.

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4 hours ago, SkullCowboy_60 said:

Established on September 18th, 1947 by the National Security Act of 1947, the United States Air Force is 73 years old today. Salute to all present and former USAF vets!

Ahh the Sweet sound of an A-10 mowing down Terrorists is like Unicorns singing...

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15 minutes ago, SkullCowboy_60 said:

Spangdahlem Air Base. Went TDY there in 1979.

I was stationed there in 1979

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2 minutes ago, ClassicLib said:

I was stationed there in 1979

Small world! Was there for a couple of days latter part of the year. Salute!

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37 minutes ago, ClassicLib said:

If it stayed in the Army we would have never had these (and numerous others)

Nah, not buyin' it. We'd have had the A-10s fer sure. And they gave MARINES F-4s, anything a Marine can play with and not break they will certainly give the Army. And the Army wrote the book on air superiority back in 1943/44/45; or has everyone forgotten P-51s, P-47s, and P-38s? 

No, we'd have definitely had the same great planes; we just wouldn't have had to listen to the Air Force complain about having to carry their M-16s in Basic for an entire day. Poor abused children that they are!

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Happy Birthday US Air Force! Hope all my brothers and sisters in blue have a great day.

 

16 minutes ago, ClassicLib said:

I was stationed there in 1979

I loved Europe.  RAF Alconbury/RAF Mildenhall '94-'95; Ramstein AB '95-'00, '02-'10.  Had some great TDYs to Spang and was always happy to work with the 52nd FW.

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1 minute ago, Umikami said:

Nah, not buyin' it. We'd have had the A-10s fer sure. And they gave MARINES F-4s, anything a Marine can play with and not break they will certainly give the Army. And the Army wrote the book on air superiority back in 1943/44/45; or has everyone forgotten P-51s, P-47s, and P-38s? 

No, we'd have definitely had the same great planes; we just wouldn't have had to listen to the Air Force complain about having to carry their M-16s in Basic for an entire day. Poor abused children that they are!

Maybe and nope. LE Specialist so I carried it and or a SW .38 daily. Never whined once. Did prefer the GAU but because it was 'cooler' not lighter.

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16 minutes ago, Umikami said:

Nah, not buyin' it. We'd have had the A-10s fer sure. And they gave MARINES F-4s, anything a Marine can play with and not break they will certainly give the Army. And the Army wrote the book on air superiority back in 1943/44/45; or has everyone forgotten P-51s, P-47s, and P-38s? 

No, we'd have definitely had the same great planes; we just wouldn't have had to listen to the Air Force complain about having to carry their M-16s in Basic for an entire day. Poor abused children that they are!

We could certainly argue about it all day but the Army has demonstrated they are interested in ground support first and air superiority second.  Even the F-16 was a tough sell to the USAF at that time.  No way it would have been produced under Army leadership.  I can see where Double Ugly might have been an Army product!

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5 minutes ago, SkullCowboy_60 said:

Maybe and nope. LE Specialist so I carried it and or a SW .38 daily. Never whined once. Did prefer the GAU but because it was 'cooler' not lighter.

Every Air Force guy I've ever met (including my son) complained about carrying that rifle for an entire day in basic. Every one. I was showing a friend who served in the Air Force an M-60 one day and he asked me where the vehicle that carried it around was. He couldn't believe anyone carried something into the field that weighed 22 lbs. Be all that you can be!

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Just now, ClassicLib said:

We could certainly argue about it all day but the Army has demonstrated they are interested in ground support first and air superiority second. 

Totally believable; they're on the ground. Ask the Navy during an invasion if firepower should be concentrated on warships or transports, the Navy will opt for the warships over the transports every time.

2 minutes ago, ClassicLib said:

Even the F-16 was a tough sell to the USAF at that time.  No way it would have been produced under Army leadership.  I can see where Double Ugly might have been an Army product!

The F-16 is/was too good in it's ground support role. If you really want to hear good arguments, listen to the helicopter/fixed wing guys go at each other sometime.

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3 minutes ago, Umikami said:

Every Air Force guy I've ever met (including my son) complained about carrying that rifle for an entire day in basic. Every one. I was showing a friend who served in the Air Force an M-60 one day and he asked me where the vehicle that carried it around was. He couldn't believe anyone carried something into the field that weighed 22 lbs. Be all that you can be!

thats literally 9kilograms,i think i carried heavier things as an apprentice mechanic.

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