18 September 1947

In a visual reminder of United States Air Force heritage, a World War II-era Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress four-engine heavy bomber flies in formation with a Boeing B-52H Stratofortress eight-engine strategic bomber. The B-17 is a Lockheed Vega B-17G-105-VE, 44-85718. This B-52, 60-0054, has been in active service for more than 55 years. (U.S. Air Force)

18 September 1947: The United States Army Air Forces become a separate military service, the United States Air Force.

2000px-Seal_of_the_US_Air_Force.svg© 2015, Bryan R. Swopes

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4 thoughts on “18 September 1947

  1. On this day in 1947 I was just 10 days away from my 11 th birthday… In May 1954 I joined the Air Force…in May 1977 I retired…I never got over the love of Military aircraft…I STILL look to the sky at the sound of aircraft high overhead…

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