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  • Col. (Ret.) Gaillard R Peck Jr.

    "America's SECRET MiG Squadron"March 20, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.Col. (Ret.) Gaillard R. Peck Jr. will address the 10-year period that the U.S. Air Force secretly trained Air Force, Navy and Marine fighter aircrews in an advanced joint training program against actual Soviet MiG jet fighters. The project was named CONSTANT PEG and Peck's presentation
  • Mr. Seth G. Jones

    "Al Qa'ida's Fourth Wave"Nov. 19, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.Seth G. Jones is associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corp., as well as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He served as the representative for the commander, U.S. Special Operations
  • Col. John Plating

    "Air Transport and the Politics of War"Feb. 21, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.Col. John Plating is an associate professor of history at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He earned his Ph.D. in military history at The Ohio State University, and is the author of The Hump: America's Strategy for Keeping China in World War II, published by Texas A&M
  • Mr. Herbert A. Mason Jr.

    "Contributions USAF Special Operations Forces Have Made to the Development of Air and Space Power, 1942 to 2012"Jan. 31, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.Until the 21st century, Special Operations was not a core mission for the USAF. Despite their wartime accomplishments and between-the-war usefulness, Special Operation Forces were severely cut back and almost
  • Northrop “Gee-Whizz” Decelerator Sled

    This vehicle was developed to test the effect of deceleration forces on humans and related equipment as encountered in aircraft crashes, ditching, rocket-powered seat ejections and parachute-opening shocks. Built by Northrop Aircraft, in April 1947 the sled was mounted on a 2,000-foot missile launching track at Muroc, Calif. (now Edwards Air Force
  • Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5

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  • Demobilization & Reorganization

    At the time of the Japanese surrender ending World War II, the AAF was the most powerful air force in the world with a strength of some 64,000 planes, of which two-thirds were combat aircraft. Secure in the monopoly of the atomic bomb, the U.S. demobilized quickly, withdrawing troops from around the world except for relatively small forces
  • "Fiery Ginger IV" Vertical Fin

    On display in Fiery Ginger IV's vertical fin. Some of the red, yellow and blue stripes remain on the top of the tail, even after decades in tropical weather. Each stripe represented one of the colors of the 348th Fighter Group's three squadrons. Though not visible today, the unpainted metal areas were once covered in white paint, a common USAAF
  • Col. Neel E. Kearby Medal of Honor

    Col. Neel E. Kearby, a particularly aggressive fighter pilot and motivating leader, often initiated successful flights against superior numbers. On Oct. 11, 1943, Kearby led three of his pilots against nearly 50 Japanese aircraft near Wewak. Tearing through the enemy formation, Kearby shot down six Japanese aircraft during the engagement. For his
  • Informal Shirts

    To the left is a shirt adopted by the men of Flight B, 3rd Air Rescue Service (ARS) Squadron during the Korean War for wear on informal occasions. The donor commanded this unit when it was activated in June 1950. The shirt was donated by Col. Christopher Bressan, USAF (Ret.) from San Antonio, Texas. To the right is a party shirt made in Thailand

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