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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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September 19, 1928

The first diesel engine designed for aircraft propulsion is tested at Utica, Michigan. The engine is designed by I.M. Woolson and built by the Packard Motor Car Company.

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2014 Awards Ceremonies

Updated: 9.4.2014

The Air Force Historical Foundation’s annual awards – including the organization’s three highest honors – will be presented during ceremonies scheduled for October 8. Online registration is now open!learn more




History Challenge: September 2014

Posted: 8.28.2014

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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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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Air Power History: Summer 2014

Posted: 6.12.2014

This 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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