The Sky’s the Limit: The Origins of the U.S. Air Force

Our celebration of National Military Appreciation Month draws to a close today as we honor the U.S. Air Force—a crucial branch in our nation’s armed forces.

In 1997, the Postal Service celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United States Department of the Air Force. The 32-cent stamp features a photograph of four U.S. Air Force Thunderbird jets flying in diamond formation. To this day, the Thunderbirds perform at air shows across America.

The U.S. Army Air Corps became the United States Air Force in 1947. The Air Force is an important part of the military’s tactical warfare, offering its support to the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. On April 1, 1954, Congress authorized the establishment of the Air Force Academy, whose mission is “to inspire and develop outstanding young men and women to become Air Force officers with knowledge, character, and discipline; motivated to lead the world’s greatest aerospace force in service to this nation.”

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