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  • Strong Contributors: Army Air Forces Enlisted in World War II

    During World War II, enlisted men and women in the Army Air Forces (AAF) carried out a wide variety of specialized jobs in locations across the globe. While some roles were highly complex and others were quite ordinary, each was foundational to the AAF’s overall success. In fact, it was estimated

  • Staff Sergeant Nyle Mickley

    First Enlisted Aerial Victory of the Korean WarOn June 29, 1950, the US Air Force crossed the 38th parallel into communist territory for the first time during the Korean War. The objective: destroy the enemy’s primary airfield at Pyongyang.Eighteen B-26 Invader aircraft from the 3rd Bombardment

  • Bombs Away!

    In the early twentieth century, advancements in aerospace technology coincided with new theories about strategic bombing. The beginnings of aerial bombardment led to a new aircrew role—the “bombardier.”The bombardier’s job was to identify an enemy target, sight it through a bomb sight, and release

  • Army Air Forces Enlisted in WWII

    Strong Contributors: Army Air Forces Enlisted in World War IIDuring World War II, enlisted men and women in the Army Air Forces (AAF) carried out a wide variety of specialized jobs in locations across the globe. While some roles were highly complex and others were quite ordinary, each was

  • The Southeast Asia War

    The Southeast Asia War (1961–1973) resulted from the U.S. policy called “containment,” which sought to hold communism to its early Cold War borders.  The main U.S. goal in the Southeast Asia War was to protect South Vietnam—initially from a local communist insurgency and later from conquest by

  • Origins of Engineer Aviation Battalions

    Created in 1939, Engineer Aviation Battalions (EABs), were self-contained units which became the core of World War II aviation engineering efforts. These skilled construction and engineering troops constructed, repaired, camouflaged, and if necessary, defended small airfields. Well-equipped and

  • Mechanics at BT-14 Accident

    A Flight Training Mishap This exhibit demonstrates what could happen to a student pilot’s aircraft when taxiing and applying his brakes too hard. Accidents, both minor and major, left many aircraft unfit for flying. Since cadets were learning, more accidents were bound to happen. This, combined with

  • SEA Prime Beef - Red Horse

    During the Southeast Asia War, the Air Force deployed specialized Prime BEEF and Red Horse engineering teams that played a critical role building up and sustaining bases.First arriving in South Vietnam in 1965, Prime BEEF (Base Engineer Emergency Force) teams gave civil engineering support for

  • Imagine Me Cutouts

    Visitors can place their faces in these imagine me cutouts for a photo opportunity. These character boards represent unique careers within the United States Military and they are located throughout the museum buildings. Click here to return to the Enlisted Exhibit

  • EOD: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

    Air Force EOD teams performed stressful and dangerous work disarming all types of explosive devices.  These duties also required ingenuity to deal with a clever enemy where one mistake could be deadly.Air Force EOD technicians neutralized malfunctioning, damaged, or degraded explosive devices.