History

Pieces centering around the history of the U.S. Air Force

  • B-1B LANCER

    For more than 30 years the B-1B Lancer has proven itself as an essential part of America’s long-range strategic bomber force. Capable of carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force, the B-1 can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in […]

    TSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses May 17, 2018
  • Icon of Airmanship

    Through the cockpit windscreen, Capt. Robert Morgan saw flashes of light from the wings and engine cowling of a German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 at his 12 o’clock and closing at an incredible rate. Each wink of light from the fighter’s wing root meant another 20mm cannon shell was heading directly at his B-17F Flying Fortress […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 3, 2018
  • Formation of Friendship

    In the summer of 2008, on a lush grass field in Bealeton, Virginia, Sue Tucker Brander approached the blue and yellow plane of her new friend, civilian pilot and Air Force Reservist David Brown. In her hand was a framed black and white photograph. The photo showed a young man wearing a leather helmet and […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses November 20, 2017
  • Bombs Away

    Sitting in his favorite chair at home in Edgewater, Maryland, only a shadow box of medals and patches on the wall offer a glimpse into Staff Sgt. Louis R. Perrone’s eventful past. At 19, he went to war, and now at 94, he’s the only living member of his 10-man bomber crew who flew missions […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses November 6, 2017
  • Airframe: The SR-71 Blackbird

    See more SR-71 photos on Flickr Following the loss of two U-2 Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft over the Soviet Union and Cuba in the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson demanded the seemingly impossible — a surveillance aircraft that could not be shot down by Soviet Bloc anti-aircraft missiles or interceptor aircraft. To answer this Cold […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses July 10, 2017
  • F-4 Flies for Final Time

    See more “F-4 Flies for Final Time” photos on Flickr As he slides his hands across the edges of the wings and walks from nose to tail, inspecting all aspects of the jet, a wave of emotion begins to hit Jim Harkins. His weathered features appear calm and determined, but they hide the tears he […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses February 21, 2017
  • A Mighty Display of Democracy

    See more inauguration photos on Flickr Votes were cast and no matter whom you voted for, one thing now is certain, on Jan. 20, 2016, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. will swear in President-elect Trump at noon during the inauguration ceremony […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses January 19, 2017
  • Atomic Exposure

    See more “Atomic Exposure” photos on Flickr In a small one-bedroom apartment in Clearwater, Florida, 93-year-old Russell Gackenbach sat on his floral patterned sofa thumbing through a photo album containing original prints of some of the most iconic people and events in United States military history. “This is me and Tibbets (Col. Paul Tibbets, pilot […]

    Airman Magazine No responses December 12, 2016
  • Eyewitness to Infamy

    See more “Eyewitness to Infamy” photos on Flickr Seventy-five years ago, a young boy and his father stood on their porch, gazing out onto what should have been another Sunday morning in paradise. The man touched his son’s shoulder with one hand and pointed to the southeast with the other. “I want you to remember […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses December 7, 2016
  • Acquire, Assess, Exploit

    NASIC reverse engineers an advantage for pilots and leaders

    Airman Magazine No responses November 1, 2016