In the picture above is a U.S helicopter flying into the fields of
Vietnam to help wounded soldiers.
Sunday, September 18 of 2016 was the U.S. Air Force's 69th birthday! What would have started in 1926 as the Army Air Corps based on the army but changed in 1947 to the U.S. Air Force which pushed the envelope of what was possible both technologically and organizationally, including the separation of the Air Force into its own branch of the military. In the process, the U.S. became a leading superpower.
However, the Air Force has evolved from the brand new thing that swept not only the nation but the world in itself. The Italians would be the first to use powered aircraft in war which would soon later pave the way for fighting in the skies. America didn't get to join the skies until September 18, 1947. It is the youngest force in the military today.
Today as of 2015 , the service operates more than 5,137 military aircraft, 450 ICBMs and 63 military satellites. It has a $161 billion budget with 307,001 active duty personnel, 177,221 civilian personnel, 69,200 Air Force Reserve personnel, and 105,500 Air National Guard personnel.
We thank all of the U.S. servicemen and women who have served for our country. This is a commitment that will be honored for years and a brother and sisterhood that will last a lifetime!