Today the U.S. Air Force celebrates 72 years, although its roots date back to 1907 when it was under the Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Signal Corps. By 1926 it was redesignated as the U.S. Army Air Corps, slowly growing to 15 groups and three wings by 1938. In 1941 it was once again redesignated as the Army Air Forces until its final redesignation in 1947 as its own separate branch, the U.S. Air Force.
The Air National Guard also celebrates its inception on this day! Although the Air National Guard was not established as a separate reserve component of the U.S. Air Force until 18 September 1947, National Guard aviators have played significant roles in all of America’s wars and most of its major contingencies since the First World War era. They have also aided their states in coping with natural disasters and civil unrest since the mid-1920s.
For a more detailed account of the U.S. Air Force history, click here to be directed to the full story, A Brief History of the U.S. Air Force, By Christopher McCune, 460 SW Historian.
Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Lightning II demonstration team pilot and commander, performs aerial maneuvers during the Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow in Quebec, Canada, Sept. 7, 2019. The team consists of 10 Airmen who help showcase the world’s most technologically advanced fifth-generation fighter jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)