Happy birthday to the United States Air Force!
Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun; Here they come zooming to meet our thunder, at ‘em now, give ‘em the gun!
A very happy birthday and a big salute to the United States Air Force!
This year America’s Air Force celebrates its official 75th birthday on September 18th. The Air Force has made a huge impact on the safety and wellbeing of the United States and the world since its inception.
The origins of the US Air Force
With few airplanes available at the start of the 20th century, the US Army established a small aeronautical division to manage military ballooning, air machines, and all similar technology in August 1907.
A predecessor of the modern-day Air Force, this division tested its first airplane in 1908, but it did not experience much growth until World War I and World War II. The second world war dramatically increased the size and function of the organization as the United States worked to keep up with the aeronautical presence of rival forces.
In 1947, the National Security Act became law, creating the official Department of the Air Force, which established the United States Air Force as its own separate branch of the American armed forces.
The Air Force today
The US Air Force stands behind its mission to “fly, fight, and win…airpower anytime, anywhere.” Its over 600,000 personnel collaborate to support all aspects of air power. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr. states that “all Air Force specialties [work] together as a seamless team to operate, maintain, and enable our mission and bring unique capabilities and effects of airpower to bear.”
Operating and supporting the most-advanced fleet of aircraft in the world, the men and women of the Air Force defend our nation through the control and use of air and space. The Air Force conducts independent missions and also provides air support for land and naval forces.
A few interesting Air Force facts
Nearly one-third of all female service members are in the Air Force, compared to only 22% of male service members.
The Air Force provides transportation for the President of the United States. “Air Force One” refers to whichever Air Force aircraft is currently carrying the president.
In 1947 at the age of 24, US Air Force pilot Captain Chuck Yeager was the first person to break the sound barrier by flying faster than the speed of sound.
Service members come together each holiday season to “track Santa Claus” and answer phone calls from children across the country about Santa’s whereabouts.
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Join us in celebrating the birthday of the United States Air Force with a big salute for the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of each member of the Air Force family – from pilots to support personnel to spouses and family members. We are grateful for and humbled by your discipline and commitment.
With every R. Riveter purchase, you help support military spouses and families. Each R. Riveter accessory journeys across the fifty states before arriving on your doorstep. Military spouses across the nation craft individual components and ship them to our Fabshop. Our in-house team then assembles each piece into a one-of-a-kind product crafted with love, honor, and pride in our country.
Fly to fight, guarding the nation’s border, we’ll be there, followed by more! In echelon, we carry on. Oh, nothing’ll stop the US Air Force!