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Check Six: US Air Force Established 71 Years Ago

September 18, 2018

From the National Day Calendar website

On September 18, we commemorate the establishment of the United States Air Force.

Almost from the moment the Wright brothers found a way to soar with the birds, aeronautical pursuits were incorporated into the military. However, it was not until September 18, 1947, that the US Air Force was a separate branch of the Armed Forces.

The Signal Corps was the earliest established aeronautical force in the military. The first missions during the Civil War provided visional communications via flags and torch light from aerial balloons. The Signal Corps didn’t become an official branch of the Army until 1863, making way for more aeronautical training and study.

Since then, military air service has gone through many names and commands from Air Service of the US Army to the Air Corps and Army Air Force. 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. Air Force on board the first Air Force One, a VC 54C.

Finally, in 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act establishing the United States Air Force as a separate branch of the military.

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