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Check Six: BMT Flight Photo Archives

August 28, 2020

The MSgt William T. English BMT Flight Photograph Archives is a concentrated effort to collect the approximately 121,000 USAF basic training photographs from the inception of the US Air Force in 1947 to the present.

The collection includes photos from all bases that conducted Air Force basic training including Lackland AFB, Texas, Sampson AFB, New York, Parks AFB, California, Keesler Field, Mississippi, Amarillo and Sheppard AFB, Texas. The collection will also include Air Force basic training that was conducted overseas in Germany, the U.K., Panama and the Philippines.

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In the photograph above: The 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush (first row, right above the guidon flag), went through Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB in May 1968, He was a member of 3724th Basic Military Training Squadron, Flight G168, May 1968. He is the only person to have ever gone from Airman Basic, to Commander-in-Chief.

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