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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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July 25, 1909

Frenchman Louis Charles-Joseph Bleriot crosses the English Channel in an aircraft of his own design, winning a 1,000 prize offered by the London Daily Mail to the first aviator able to cross the English Channel in either direction. He takes off from Les Barrages, France, and lands at Dover, England.

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60th Anniversary celebration

Posted: 7.25.2014

This event – which was held in Arlington, Virginia – featured a special presentation by Bob Hoover, the legendary stick-and-rudder pilot.
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Save the date!

Posted: 7.25.2014

The Air Force Historical Foundation’s annual awards will be presented during ceremonies held on October 8. Additional details will be posted here as they are confirmed.

History Challenge: July 2014

Posted: 6.30.2014

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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Air Power History: Summer 2014

Posted: 6.12.2014

The latest edition of Air Power History includes four feature articles, led by Daniel L. Haulman’s account of the much-debated troop carrier air drops in advance of D-Day.
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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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