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EtchbergerEtchberger
Etchberger

CMSgt Richard Etchberger in 1968 -- photo not taken at LS 85. (U.S. Air Force photo).
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Posted: 9/6/2011

EtchbergerEtchberger
Etchberger

Chief Master Sergeant Richard Etchberger: Belated Medal of Honor. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Etchberger


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Posted: 9/6/2011

Noorduyn C-64Noorduyn C-64
Noorduyn C-64

A 3rd Air Commando Group Noorduyn C-64 Norseman. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Noorduyn C-64


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Posted: 8/23/2011

Enlisted PilotsEnlisted Pilots
Enlisted Pilots

The last USAF enlisted pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Enlisted Pilots


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Posted: 8/23/2011

BT-13 Basic TrainerBT-13 Basic Trainer
BT-13 Basic Trainer

Flight students Jim Leach (left) and Jack Hoover beside a BT-13 basic trainer. Enlisted ground crew personnel formed a silent cheering section for enlisted pilot trainees and showed it in such ways as having a frosty soft drink ready for a sweat-stained student on a hot day. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 8/23/2011

Men on the Flying TrapezeMen on the Flying Trapeze
Men on the Flying Trapeze

Men on the Flying Trapeze, an Army flight demonstration team organized by then-Capt. Claire Chennault in 1932, at one time included two enlisted pilots who continued to serve after their release from active duty as reserve officers. From left are Sgt. William C. McDonald, Capt. Chennault and Sgt. John H. Williamson. Later, each helped train China's air force prior to World War II. SSgt. Ray Clinton also flew solo stunt and backup for the team. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 8/23/2011

Douglas C-47Douglas C-47
Douglas C-47

C-47s bank for England after their CG-4A gliders have cut loose from their tow lines. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Douglas C-47


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Posted: 7/14/2011

Burma RoadBurma Road
Burma Road

Burma Road. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Burma Road


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Posted: 7/14/2011

Wesel DevastatedWesel Devastated
Wesel Devastated

Ruins of Wesel, Germany, devastated by Allied bombing in preparation for the crossing of the Rhine on March 22-23, 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Wesel Devastated


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Posted: 7/14/2011

D-DayD-Day
D-Day

Part of the invasion coast at Normandy. (U.S. Air Force photo)
D-Day


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Posted: 7/14/2011

WWII BombersWWII Bombers
WWII Bombers

AAF heavy bombers during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo)
WWII Bombers


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Posted: 7/14/2011

File PhotoFile Photo
File Photo

(U.S. Air Force photo)
File Photo


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Posted: 7/14/2011

Pacific Theatre of OperationsPacific Theatre of Operations
Pacific Theatre of Operations

Pacific Theatre of Operations, World War II.
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Posted: 6/3/2011

Pearl Harbor AttackPearl Harbor Attack
Pearl Harbor Attack

The first Japanese plane shot down during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/26/2011

Lt. Daniel James IIILt. Daniel James III
Lt. Daniel James III

Lt. Daniel James III receives the first of his two Distinguished Flying Crosses from his father, Brig. Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. The younger James served two combat tours in Southeast Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/26/2011

Lockheed P-38Lockheed P-38
Lockheed P-38

P-38s at refueling stop in Iceland on their way to England in the summer of 1942. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Lockheed P-38


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Posted: 5/26/2011

Boeing B-17Boeing B-17
Boeing B-17

"Yankee Doodle" commanded by Brig. Gen. Ira C. Eaker on the first B-17 bombing mission against Europe, Aug. 17, 1942. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Boeing B-17


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Posted: 5/26/2011

Curtiss P-40Curtiss P-40
Curtiss P-40

P-40s of the 66th Fighter Squadron take off on a mission over North Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Curtiss P-40


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Posted: 5/26/2011

Japanese Balloon BombJapanese Balloon Bomb
Japanese Balloon Bomb

Japanese balloon bomb during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/26/2011

Pearl Harbor AttackPearl Harbor Attack
Pearl Harbor Attack

Honolulu Star-Bulletin following the attack on Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/26/2011

Northrop XP-79B areial 3/4 side view. (U.S. Air Force photo)Northrop XP-79B areial 3/4 side view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Northrop XP-79B areial 3/4 side view. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Northrop XP-79B areial 3/4 side view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/16/2011

Northrop XP-79B side view. (U.S. Air Force photo)Northrop XP-79B side view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Northrop XP-79B side view. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Northrop XP-79B front view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/16/2011

Northrop XP-79BNorthrop XP-79B
Northrop XP-79B

Northrop XP-79B 3/4 side view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Northrop XP-79B


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Posted: 5/16/2011

Northrop XP-79BNorthrop XP-79B
Northrop XP-79B

Northrop XP-79B front view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Northrop XP-79B


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Posted: 5/16/2011

Flying TigersFlying Tigers
Flying Tigers

Repairing a Flying Tiger P-40 at Kunming, China. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Flying Tigers


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Posted: 5/9/2011

Majs. McGuire & BongMajs. McGuire & Bong
Majs. McGuire & Bong

Majs. Thomas B. McGuire Jr. and Richard I. Bong on Nov. 15, 1944, in the Philippines. Majs. Bong and McGuire were the top two scoring U.S. aces in World War II with 40 and 38 victories, respectively. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/9/2011

Charles Lindbergh & Maj. Thomas McGuireCharles Lindbergh & Maj. Thomas McGuire
Charles Lindbergh & Maj. Thomas McGuire

Famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh with Maj. Thomas B. McGuire (left). During the summer of 1944, Lindbergh visited the Southwest Pacific Theatre and devised economical flight techniques to extend the range of P-38 fighters. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/9/2011

P-51 & P-47P-51 & P-47
P-51 & P-47

P-51s and P-47s undergo maintenance at Lingayen airstrip in the Philippines in April 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo)
P-51 & P-47


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Posted: 5/9/2011

Douglas A-20Douglas A-20
Douglas A-20

Seconds after the destruction of a Douglas A-20, the camouflaged Japanese "Sally" bomber was destroyed by parafrag bombs during a low-level attack on the airdrome. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Douglas A-20


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Posted: 5/9/2011

Consolidated CatalinaConsolidated Catalina
Consolidated Catalina

Prowling Consolidated Catalina flying boats flown by Navy and AAF pilots. The lumbering but versatile Catalina was used for reconnaissance, bombing, strafing and air-sea rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/9/2011

L-5L-5
L-5

L-5 aircraft of the 25th Liaison Squadron in New Guinea. In addition to their liaison duties, sergeant pilots of the "Guinea Short Line" performed such varied missions as rescuing downed fliers and guiding fighters to concealed jungle targets. (U.S. Air Force photo)
L-5


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Posted: 5/9/2011

Kiska Harbor RaidedKiska Harbor Raided
Kiska Harbor Raided

Japanese shipping is left burning in a Kiska harbor following a raid by 11th Air Force aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/9/2011

Lt. Boyd D. WagnerLt. Boyd D. Wagner
Lt. Boyd D. Wagner

Lt. Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner, Commanding Officer of the 17th Pursuit Squadron in the Philippines, was the first AAF ace of World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 5/9/2011

Baron Manfred von RichtofenBaron Manfred von Richtofen
Baron Manfred von Richtofen

Baron Manfred von Richtofen. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 3/31/2011

Air Refueling in Southeast AsiaAir Refueling in Southeast Asia
Air Refueling in Southeast Asia

A pilot’s-eye view of the KC-135’s refueling station. Stratotankers could use either the boom by itself, or the hose-and-drogue attachment, seen here. The ability to use either method allowed USAF tankers to service aircraft from all services. Navy and Marine aircraft had probes, while the USAF used both probes and boom receptacles. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Refueling ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Air Refueling in Southeast AsiaAir Refueling in Southeast Asia
Air Refueling in Southeast Asia

Refueling an F-4 Phantom over rugged Southeast Asian terrain, as seen from the KC-135 boom operator’s point of view, 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Refueling ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Air Refueling in Southeast AsiaAir Refueling in Southeast Asia
Air Refueling in Southeast Asia

A B-52 refuels over Southeast Asia in 1967. Refueling bombers over vast expanses of ocean required precise navigation and planning. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Refueling ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Air Refueling in Southeast AsiaAir Refueling in Southeast Asia
Air Refueling in Southeast Asia

An HH-3 “Jolly Green Giant” refuels from an HC-130P tanker. The ability to refuel helicopters in flight greatly enhanced search and rescue operations in Southeast Asia by giving helicopters greater range. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Refueling ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Air Refueling in Southeast AsiaAir Refueling in Southeast Asia
Air Refueling in Southeast Asia

Fighter and reconnaissance refueling “anchors.” KC-135 Stratotankers loitered along the oval “racetrack” patterns, awaiting combat aircraft on their way to and from targets in North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Tanker bases on this map include Takhli, Korat, and U-Tapao in Thailand. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Refueling ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Air Refueling in Southeast AsiaAir Refueling in Southeast Asia
Air Refueling in Southeast Asia

Thirsty F-105 Thunderchiefs receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker on their way to targets in North Vietnam, December 1965. The KC-135 was the USAF’s first all-jet tanker. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Refueling ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Air Refueling in Southeast AsiaAir Refueling in Southeast Asia
Air Refueling in Southeast Asia

Even long-range bombers like the B-52 needed refueling to reach their targets and return to base on far-off Guam. Bombing operations such as ARC LIGHT and LINEBACKER depended heavily on air refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Refueling ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Air Refueling in Southeast AsiaAir Refueling in Southeast Asia
Air Refueling in Southeast Asia

Tankers were essential in allowing heavy fighter-bombers to reach North Vietnamese targets and return. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Refueling ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Red River Valley Pilots Association (River Rats)Red River Valley Pilots Association (River Rats)
Red River Valley Pilots Association (River Rats)

Pictured here are a few of the many funny, creative floats made for the “practice reunion” parades. The “biplane” is sitting on top a bomb loader. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Red River ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Red River Valley Pilots Association (River Rats)Red River Valley Pilots Association (River Rats)
Red River Valley Pilots Association (River Rats)

In addition to the very serious business of developing better tactics, the “practice reunions” also involved parades, lots of humor and fraternal events. Here, Col. Robin Olds rides an elephant from the flightline to the officer’s club. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Red River ...


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Col. Robin OldsCol. Robin Olds
Col. Robin Olds

Col. Robin Olds, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing commander, nailing up one of his MiG kills after a successful mission. The words above read “Ye who passeth thru these portals stand tall.” (U.S. Air Force photo)
Col. Robin Olds


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Col. Robin OldsCol. Robin Olds
Col. Robin Olds

Col. Robin Olds wearing the flight helmet that is on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Col. Robin Olds


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Posted: 3/30/2011

Cols. Robin Olds & Chappie JamesCols. Robin Olds & Chappie James
Cols. Robin Olds & Chappie James

Col. Robin Olds (right) had a long and close friendship with Col. Chappie James, who became the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing vice commander after Col. Vermont Garrison. James, a former Tuskegee Airman, later became the USAF’s first African-American four-star general.(U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 3/30/2011

Col. Vermont GarrisonCol. Vermont Garrison
Col. Vermont Garrison

Col. Vermont Garrison was the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing's able and highly-experienced vice commander. Nicknamed “Pappy,” he was an ace in World War II and a double ace in the Korean War. Robin Olds described Garrison as “a wise old sage.” (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 3/30/2011

    

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