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Founded in 1953 by Gen. Carl A. "Tooey" Spaatz and other air power pioneers, the Air Force Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of American aviation, with emphasis on the U.S. Air Force, its predecessor organizations, and the men and women whose lives and dreams were devoted to flight.
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April 23, 1945 – World War II

Navy PB4Y Liberator bombers (Consolidated B-24-type) launch two Bat missiles against Japanese ships - making the first combat use of automatic homing missiles.

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History Challenge: April 2014

Posted: 4.1.2014

Put on your thinking cap! This latest challenge highlights key achievements in rotorcraft operations. Submit the correct answers for a chance to win prizes.
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Air Power History: Spring 2014

Posted: 3.11.2014

The latest edition of Air Power History runs the gamut with feature articles covering World Wars I and II all the way to Operation Enduring Freedom.
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Letter from the President

Posted: 2.18.2014

In his latest message, Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose (USAF Ret.) provides initial details on the Air Force Historical Foundation’s 60th anniversary celebration and more.
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2013 Awards Ceremonies

Posted: 11.14.2014

The Air Force Historical Foundation presented its highest honors during a pair of ceremonies held November 13 in Arlington, Virginia.
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