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  • Defenders of the Force: Security Forces

    Security Forces Airmen, commonly called defenders, ensure the safety of people, equipment, and property on U.S. Air Force bases around the world.Defenders conduct all security and police activities needed to protect air bases. They defend the perimeter, guard missiles, train military working dogs,

  • Douglas A-1E Skyraider

    The A-1E on display (serial number 52-132649) is the aircraft flown by Major Bernard Fisher on March 10, 1966, a mission for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He rescued a fellow pilot shot down over South Vietnam by landing in enemy territory under heavy fire and flying him to safety. This

  • Douglas A-1H Skyraider The Proud American

    United States Air Force Skyraiders in Southeast Asia are often remembered for their support of search and rescue (SAR) missions. Operating under the call sign Sandy, the A-1's extended loiter time and massive firepower offered pilots the ability to protect downed Airmen for extended periods. Whereas

  • Deadly Skies over Europe

    The Luftwaffe (German Air Force) built a sophisticated defense system to counter the USAAF strategic bombing offensive.  Enemy fighters and antiaircraft guns (also called “flak”) took a devastating toll.  The USAAF lost more than 8,000 heavy bombers—each of which typically carried ten crewmen—in

  • D-Day Support

    “I, personally, am convinced that without your air force...the invasion would not have succeeded...”            —Generalleutnant Adolf Galland, Luftwaffe General of FightersBy May 1944, the strategic bombing campaign had crippled the Luftwaffe’s fighter force, making the Normandy invasion possible. 

  • Don’t Take a Chance

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This educational pamphlet was written by Charles L. Robinson and published in 1918 by the YMCA and American Defense Society. It cautions American soldiers of the health risks posed by venereal disease and encourages the troops to be true to their wives and

  • Dazzle Camouflage on Troop Ships

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Troop ships crossing the oceans during World War I were under constant threat of attack by German submarines. To combat this threat, dazzle camouflage was applied to sea-going vessels. Utilizing complex geometric patterns and contrasting colors, the goal

  • Douglas X-3 Stiletto

    The twin-turbojet X-3, the only one built, was designed to test sustained flight at twice the speed of sound. It also explored the use of very short wings and titanium airframe construction.Engine development difficulties forced the use of lower-powered engines than originally planned, prohibiting

  • Douglas VC-118 “The Independence”

    Note: Visitors are permitted to walk through this aircraft.This Douglas VC-118 on display was the second aircraft built specifically to transport the President of the United States. A military version of the Douglas DC-6 commercial airliner, it was used by President Harry S. Truman from 1947 to

  • Douglas VC-54C “Sacred Cow”

    The First U.S. Presidential AircraftThe Douglas VC-54C Skymaster is the first aircraft purpose-built to fly the President of the United States.  Carrying the staff transport “VC” designation, the aircraft was officially named The Flying White House.  However, the aircraft became better known by its