AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY | SEPTEMBER 18
The Air Force Birthday on September 18th commemorates the establishment of The United States Air Force.
Almost from the moment the Wright brothers found a way to soar with the birds, the military incorporated aeronautical pursuits into their missions. However, the Air Force did not become a separate branch of the Armed Forces until September 18, 1947.
The military established the Signal Corps as the first aeronautical force in the United States. During the Civil War, the first missions provided visional communications via flags and torchlight from aerial balloons. Even so, the Signal Corps didn’t become an official branch of the Army until 1863. Its creation made way for more aeronautical training and study.
Since then, military air service has gone through many names and commands. A few examples are the Air Service of the US Army, the Air Corps, and the Army Air Force. Finally, in 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing the United States Air Force as a separate branch of the military.
As a result of pursuing advanced technology and superior airmen, the US Air Force emerged as the swiftest tactical force ready to deploy anywhere at a moment’s notice. On September 18, celebrate the airmen and women who are on watch every day.
HOW TO OBSERVE AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY
Recognize the military personnel in the Air Force. Give a shout-out and share your experiences as part of the Air Force. Use #AirForceBirthday to post on social media.
AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY HISTORY
The 1947 National Security Act restructured The United States military and intelligence agencies in the aftermath of World War II. On September 18, 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing the U.S. Airforce on board the first Air Force One, a VC 54C.
Air Force FAQ
Q. Does the U.S. Airforce have a reserves component?
A. Yes. In fact, the U.S. Airforce has both Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard components.
Q. How many Air Force bases are in the United States?
A. Currently, there are 59 active Air Force bases in the United States.