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Tactical Air Command in the 1970s

In the 1970s, Tactical Air Command (TAC) continued its modernization program with the addition of the F-15, F-16 and A-10. It was assigned operational control of all the USAF drones and remotely-piloted vehicles in 1976, and a year later received its first E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

By the end of the decade, TAC had grown to 98,000 people and some 2,000 aircraft at 24 bases. Numerous Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard  units were assigned to it to be immediately available should the need arise. TAC also assumed responsibility for air defense of the U.S. against enemy manned aircraft when the Air Defense Command was dissolved late in 1979.

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In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
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