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"The Mighty US Air Force: A Legacy of Excellence and Innovation" From its humble beginnings to its current position as the world's most dominant air power

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Four Royal Australian Air Force F-111 aircraft

Four Royal Australian Air Force F-111 aircraft
February 14, 2006 - Four Royal Australian Air Force F-111 aircraft head out to the ranges on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Red Flag 06-1

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: U. S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters in flight

U. S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters in flight
U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters like these provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Two Royal Australian Air Force F / A-18 Hornets

Two Royal Australian Air Force F / A-18 Hornets
February 13, 2013 - Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets form up in preparation to conduct in-flight refueling while participating in Cope North 13 near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Royal Australian Air Force F-111 in flight

Royal Australian Air Force F-111 in flight
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, February 14, 2006 - A Royal Australian Air Force F-111 flies to the ranges during Red Flag 06-1

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A C-130 Hercules lands at McChord Air Force Base, Washington

A C-130 Hercules lands at McChord Air Force Base, Washington
July 21, 2007 - A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules lands at McChord Air Force Base, Washington

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A SR-71B Blackbird flying across the Sierra Nevada Mountains

A SR-71B Blackbird flying across the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California during a 1994 flight

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: PBY Catalina vintage flying boat

PBY Catalina vintage flying boat
Consolidated PBY Catalina vintage flying boat in U.S. Army Air Force naval rescue colors

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A U. S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft

A U. S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft
1940s - A U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft sits on an airfield between missions

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Join the Air Service, Learn-Earn. U. S. Army Air Service recruiting poster, 1918

Join the Air Service, Learn-Earn. U. S. Army Air Service recruiting poster, 1918
WORLD WAR I: AIR SERVICE. Join the Air Service, Learn-Earn. U.S. Army Air Service recruiting poster, 1918

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: X-15 rocket plane

X-15 rocket plane on display at the National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: U. S. Air Force photograph of the launch site of intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs)

U. S. Air Force photograph of the launch site of intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) at Guanajay, Cuba
CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS, 1962. U.S. Air Force photograph of the launch site of intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) at Guanajay, Cuba, 17 October 1962

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Fairey 'Fulmar'(colour litho)

Fairey "Fulmar"(colour litho)
7157708 Fairey " Fulmar" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fairey " Fulmar." Illustration for Air Power of the Empire)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: PBY Catalina vintage flying boat

PBY Catalina vintage flying boat
Consolidated PBY Catalina vintage flying boat in U.S. Army Air Force naval rescue colors

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: American P-51 Mustang fighter planes over Iwo Jima, 1945

American P-51 Mustang fighter planes over Iwo Jima, 1945
WORLD WAR II: MUSTANGS. American P-51 Mustang fighter planes over Iwo Jima, 1945

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A F-22 Raptor flies in formation with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows

A F-22 Raptor flies in formation with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows
June 18, 2008 - An F-22 Raptor flies in formation with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, during an afternoon practice flight at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Korean War era North American F-86 Sabre combat aircraft in flight

Korean War era North American F-86 Sabre combat aircraft in flight
F-86 JET FIGHTER PLANE. Korean War era North American F-86 Sabre combat aircraft in flight

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group at a briefing at

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group at a briefing at Ramitelli Airfield, Italy, March 1945. Photograph by Toni Frissell

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: The F-4E Phantom II operated by the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds squadron until 1973

The F-4E Phantom II operated by the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds squadron until 1973
The U.S. Air Forces Thunderbirds demonstration squadron operated the F-4E Phantom II from 1969 until 1973, when the cost of operating the technically complex Phantom prompted the USAF to re-equip

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: An F-14A Tomcat with missile armament

An F-14A Tomcat with missile armament
An F-14A Tomcat banks away from the camera, showing a complement of three missiles: AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow, and AIM-9 Sidewinder. The F-14 also carried an internal 20mm cannon

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A C-17 Globemaster III releases flares over the Atlantic Ocean

A C-17 Globemaster III releases flares over the Atlantic Ocean
May 16, 2006 - A C-17 Globemaster III releases flares over the Atlantic Ocean near Charleston, South Carolina, during a training mission

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A P-51 Mustang, an F-16 Fighting Falcon, an F-15 Eagle, and an A-10 Thunderbolt II

A P-51 Mustang, an F-16 Fighting Falcon, an F-15 Eagle, and an A-10 Thunderbolt II
May 25, 2006 - A P-51 Mustang, an F-16 Fighting Falcon, an F-15 Eagle, and an A-10 Thunderbolt II fly over New York City

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A P-51 Mustang flies by at Vacaville, California

A P-51 Mustang flies by at Vacaville, California

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A B-1B Lancer stands by as another Lancer connects with a KC-135 Stratotanker

A B-1B Lancer stands by as another Lancer connects with a KC-135 Stratotanker
February 23, 2012 - A B-1B Lancer from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron stands by as another Lancer connects with a KC-135 Stratotanker for inflight refueling during a mission over the Gulf of

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A U. S. Air Force E-3A Sentry taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

A U. S. Air Force E-3A Sentry taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
A U.S. Air Force E-3A Sentry AWACS from 552nd Air Control Wing, taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Red Flag 2016-2

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxies out of the hot pit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri

An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxies out of the hot pit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri
December 8, 2010 - An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxies out of the hot pit after a hasty refuel at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: An F-35 Lightning II flies over Destin, Florida

An F-35 Lightning II flies over Destin, Florida
July 14, 2011 - An F-35 Lightning II flies over Destin, Florida, before landing at its new home at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A shooter signals the launch of an F / A-18 Super Hornet

A shooter signals the launch of an F / A-18 Super Hornet
Persian Gulf, February 7, 2008 - A shooter on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, gives the signal for an F/A-18E Super Hornet to launch off ship

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Vintage World War II poster of a fighter pilot climbing into his airplane

Vintage World War II poster of a fighter pilot climbing into his airplane. It reads, Keep him flying! Buy War Bonds

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: All Purpose Bomber

All Purpose Bomber
circa 1945: Three United States TBM Avenger bombers soar above clouds over the Pacific, World War II (1939-1945). The TBM, first known as the TBF Avenger

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A Curtis Commando C-46 transport aircraft accompanied by a Curtis P-40F Warhawk fighter plane, 1942

A Curtis Commando C-46 transport aircraft accompanied by a Curtis P-40F Warhawk fighter plane, 1942
CURTIS AIRCRAFTS, 1942. A Curtis Commando C-46 transport aircraft accompanied by a Curtis P-40F Warhawk fighter plane, 1942, during World War II

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: MQ-9 Reaper spyplane

MQ-9 Reaper spyplane. This unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), formerly called RQ-9 Predator B, is piloted remotely and powered by the propeller at the rear (left)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: WWII: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Edward Gleed and two other Tuskegee Airmen adjust an external 75

WWII: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Edward Gleed and two other Tuskegee Airmen adjust an external 75 gallon drop tank on the wing of a P-5/D fighter plane Creamers Dream, at Ramitelli Airfield, Italy

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A B-52 Stratofortress in flight over the Pacific Ocean

A B-52 Stratofortress in flight over the Pacific Ocean
November 12, 2008 - A B-52 Stratofortress in flight over the Pacific Ocean

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: An F-16 Fighting Falcon maneuvers over Arizona

An F-16 Fighting Falcon maneuvers over Arizona
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 162nd Fighter Wing maneuvers during a training mission out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: An F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares to refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker

An F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares to refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker
July 20, 2007 - An F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares to refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker at Red Flag-Alaska

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off from Osan Air Base, South Korea

A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off from Osan Air Base, South Korea
October 21, 2009 - A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off from Osan Air Base, South Korea, during the base Air Power Day air show

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Group of Tuskegee Airmen playing cards in the officers club at Ramitelli Airfield, Italy

Group of Tuskegee Airmen playing cards in the officers club at Ramitelli Airfield, Italy
WWII: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Group of Tuskegee Airmen playing cards in the officers club at Ramitelli Airfield, Italy. Photograph by Toni Frissell, March 1945

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Air combat during the great war, 1919 (print)

Air combat during the great war, 1919 (print)
7422829 Air combat during the great war, 1919 (print); (add.info.: History. Ist World War. Air combat during the great war)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: WW2: Attack by Blenheims of Bomber Command on Herdla aerodrome, Norway

WW2: Attack by Blenheims of Bomber Command on Herdla aerodrome, Norway, during the combined raid on Vaagso
8639404 WW2: Attack by Blenheims of Bomber Command on Herdla aerodrome, Norway, during the combined raid on Vaagso, 27 December 1941 (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: WW2: The Chief of the Air Staff (b/w photo)

WW2: The Chief of the Air Staff (b/w photo)
8639413 WW2: The Chief of the Air Staff (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Chief of the Air Staff)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: WW2: The instrument panel of a Hampden bomber (b/w photo)

WW2: The instrument panel of a Hampden bomber (b/w photo)
8639406 WW2: The instrument panel of a Hampden bomber (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The instrument panel of a Hampden bomber)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: WW2: A formation of Hurricanes (b/w photo)

WW2: A formation of Hurricanes (b/w photo)
8639403 WW2: A formation of Hurricanes (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A formation of Hurricanes. Illustration for R.A.F)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: USA, North Dakota, Cooperstown, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site

USA, North Dakota, Cooperstown, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, ICBM missile launch center, site Oscar-Zero, underground console of the missile launch bunker

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: WW2: The Operation Room at Bomber Command Headquarters (b/w photo)

WW2: The Operation Room at Bomber Command Headquarters (b/w photo)
8639411 WW2: The Operation Room at Bomber Command Headquarters (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Operation Room at Bomber Command Headquarters)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: The United Services (colour litho)

The United Services (colour litho)
8666880 The United Services (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The United Services)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Bristol Blenheim bombers attacking a German railway junction (litho)

Bristol Blenheim bombers attacking a German railway junction (litho)
8657043 Bristol Blenheim bombers attacking a German railway junction (litho) by Chater, Chater Paul (1878-1949); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: Tuning the engine of a British bomber before a raid (b/w photo)

Tuning the engine of a British bomber before a raid (b/w photo)
8657044 Tuning the engine of a British bomber before a raid (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageUs Air Force Collection: WW2: Halifaxes over Brest (b/w photo)

WW2: Halifaxes over Brest (b/w photo)
8639408 WW2: Halifaxes over Brest (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Halifaxes over Brest. Illustration for R.A.F. The Second Year (A&C Black, 1942)



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"The Mighty US Air Force: A Legacy of Excellence and Innovation" From its humble beginnings to its current position as the world's most dominant air power, the US Air Force has always been at the forefront of aviation technology and military prowess. With a rich history spanning decades, this elite branch continues to inspire awe and admiration. Four Royal Australian Air Force F-111 aircraft soar through the skies, showcasing their sleek design and formidable capabilities. These powerful machines are a testament to international collaboration in defense. Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets demonstrate their agility and speed, exemplifying the close partnership between nations in ensuring global security. U. S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters gracefully glide through the air, carrying out vital transport missions with precision and efficiency. Their versatility allows for rapid deployment of troops and supplies worldwide. A U. S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft symbolizes an era when strategic bombing played a crucial role in shaping conflicts around the globe. This iconic plane stands as a reminder of past sacrifices made by brave aviators. Royal Australian Air Force F-111s continue to dominate airspace with their impressive performance capabilities. These cutting-edge jets embody excellence in aerial combat operations. The SR-71B Blackbird streaks across Sierra Nevada Mountains, showcasing unmatched speed that once pushed boundaries during reconnaissance missions at altitudes beyond imagination. PBY Catalina vintage flying boat takes us back in time when these majestic seaplanes were instrumental in maritime surveillance and search-and-rescue operations during World War II. A historic U. S. Army Air Service recruiting poster from 1918 urges aspiring aviators to "Join the Air Service" promising both learning opportunities and financial rewards—an early glimpse into how this branch attracted talent even then. An intriguing photograph captures an intense moment during Cold War tensions—a U. S. Air Force image displaying intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) launch site at Guanajay, Cuba in 1962.