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Happy 71st Birthday to the United States Air Force

September 18, 2017

The Department of the Air Force was created when President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. It became effective September 18, 1947, when Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson administered the oath of office to the first secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, a position filled by presidential appointment.

Under the National Security Act, the functions assigned to the Army Air Force’s commanding general transferred to the Department of the Air Force. The act provided for an orderly two-year transfer of these functions as well as property, personnel and records.

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The Air Force might be the youngest branch of the U.S. military services, but it doesn’t lack for memorable moments and famous members. In celebration of the service’s birthday on September 18, we present this Air Force History quiz — see how well you can score!

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