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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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October 24, 1942

Putting an end to Samuel Pierpont Langley's claims to manned powered flight, Smithsonian Secretary Charles G. Walcott admits that the Langley Aerodrome A that crashed off the end of a houseboat in 1903 had no chance of actually flying.

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2014 Awards Ceremonies

Updated: 10.17.2014

The Air Force Historical Foundation’s annual awards – including the organization’s three highest honors – were presented during a pair of ceremonies held October 8.
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Air Power History: Fall 2014

Posted: 10.17.2014

This edition of Air Power History is led by Richard Dunn’s article on the search for Brig. Gen. Kenneth N. Walker, who went missing on a World War II bombing mission.
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History Challenge: October 2014

Posted: 10.01.2014

Put on your thinking cap! This latest challenge will test the limits of your air power knowledge. Submit the correct answers for a chance to win prizes.
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Letter from the President

Posted: 8.12.2014

The latest message from Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose (USAF Ret.) covers the recent Board of Directors vote, the year-long 60th Anniversary celebration and more.
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