History

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

  • Speed and Fusion

    On Oct. 14, 1947, then-Capt. Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane at Mach 1 and broke the sound barrier. Since then, the Air Force has continually stretched and pushed the limits of speed – finding new ways to make its aircraft fly faster and farther. However, the U.S. is not alone in this […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 15, 2018
  • EC-130H Compass Call

    The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system with a primary mission to disrupt enemy command and control infrastructures limiting adversary coordination and force management. The aircraft is a heavily modified variant C-130 Hercules, one of the most important and longest flying airframes in Air Force history. From the outside the aircraft may […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 11, 2018
  • Staying on Track

    Dr. John Paul Stapp earned the title “the fastest man on Earth” when he rode the Sonic Wind I rocket-propelled sled at the Holloman High Speed Test Track at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, on December 10, 1954, to a land speed record of 632 mph in five seconds. He sustained the greatest recorded […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses May 31, 2018
  • 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