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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 31, 1948

The first operational North American B-45 A Tornado is delivered to the Air Force. It will be the first USAF aircraft to carry a tactical nuclear weapon.

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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: August 2014

Posted: 7.30.2014

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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