Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force


United States Air Force, 67th, Birthday


The official date of the founding of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947.  It was a momentous event that over six decades later has demonstrated the achievement of an Air Force second-to-none, yet the Air Force’s history and heritage goes back a lot further

From the time that the US military purchased its first aircraft in 1909 up to 1947, the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designations: Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909); Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914); United States Army Air Service (1918); United States Army Air Corps (1926), United States Army Air Forces (1941).

WWII illustrated the value of air power, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces.  The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs.  

In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy.  The official birthday of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947.

Palm Springs Guru served in the US Air Force. I want to remind people in Palm Springs and the greater Palm Springs area that the, world famous, Palm Springs Air Museum features military air planes. 

Address: 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262,

Website: http://palmspringsairmuseum.org/

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