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  • Air Force Orange County Chopper

    Note: This exhibit is located in the Museum Store.In 2005 Orange County Choppers Inc., in Rock Tavern, N.Y., built this motorcycle to support the Air Force Recruiting Service. Inspired by the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor, Orange County Choppers incorporated the Air Force symbol into the wheel rims and shaped the rear view mirrors to resemble the
  • Army Green to Air Force Blue

    After the U.S. Air Force became a separate service in 1947, it created new blue uniforms. Even so, Air Force personnel during the Korean War continued to wear U.S. Army uniforms from existing stocks, including the famed "pinks and greens" clothing and "crush cap" hats from World War II. In some cases, Airmen wore a combination of Army green and Air
  • Air Superiority: Controlling the Skies

    "As it happened, the air battle was short and sweet. Air supremacy over Korea was quickly established."- Lt. Gen. E. George Stratemeyer, Far East Air Forces Commander during the first year of warControlling the skies over Korea was the USAF's primary mission. After defeating the small North Korean Air Force, USAF pilots were challenged by Soviet --
  • Air Power Partners in Korea

    "Members of the United Nations furnish such assistance to the Republic of Korea as may be necessary to repel the armed attack and restore international peace and security in the area."- United Nations Security Council Resolution 83, June 27, 1950Although the U.S. Air Force provided the largest number of aircraft, U.S. Navy, Marine and Army
  • A-Frame

    The USAF interdiction campaign struck targets as large as trains or as small as single communist soldiers with A-frame backpacks. Used as an effective means of transportation in Korea for centuries, the A-frame allowed its bearer to carry a tremendous load.Lt. Robert C. Mikesh acquired the A-frame backpack on display during his tour in Korea in
  • Airlift: Combat Cargo

    "The airdrops were a godsend." - Marine Sgt. Lee Bergee, a survivor of the Chosin RetreatAt the beginning of the Korean War, the value of large-scale combat zone airlift had yet to be tested. As the war went on, Air Force transports gave ground commanders new flexibility, proving the crucial importance of USAF airlift.At the outbreak of the Korean
  • Air Force Sailors in Korea

    The U.S. Air Force's crash rescue boats were little-known but important parts of the rescue effort in Korea. After World War II, the Army Air Forces' dismantled its extensive network of rescue boats, but the war in Korea made them once again necessary. The Air Force regained a limited number of boats from the Army and Navy, and found Airmen with
  • Air Rescue

    "After a successful rescue mission, morale would be sky high from the rescue crew right down to the administrative clerk -- we all had a part in it."- Richard McVay, 3rd Air Rescue Squadron Operations OfficerWith courage and daring, the U.S. Air Force Air Rescue Service saved the lives of hundreds of UN personnel during the Korean War. This war saw
  • Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard in Korea

    During the Korean War, more than 146,000 Air Force Reservists and 46,000 Air National Guardsmen were mobilized to meet the communist threat in the Far East and enable the USAF to expand worldwide.When North Korea invaded in June 1950, the USAF was, in the words of Chief of Staff Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg, a "shoestring air force." In the Far East, the
  • An Important Moment for Military Women

    The Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 established a permanent place for women in the military. Air Force women contributed to the war effort both in Korea and in support roles elsewhere in the Far East.Before the Korean War, women serving in the U.S. armed forces did vital wartime work, but then went back to domestic life in peacetime.
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