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  • Korean War Introduction

    "The Air Force is on trial in Korea."- Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, USAF Chief of Staff, 1950 The U.S. Air Force was only three years old as a separate service when North Korea invaded South Korea in the summer of 1950. The next three years brought significant changes in technology, roles and tactics, marking the beginning of the modern Air Force.When
  • Korean War Leaflets and Safe Conduct Passes

    Leaflets dropped by Air Force aircraft communicated many different themes. One type of leaflet was a warning against UN air attack. The ones meant for civilians directed them to stay away from unexploded ordnance, or roads, railways and other military targets. The ones aimed toward soldiers tried to instill fear by warning that the only escape from
  • K-24 Camera

    Note:  This item has temporarily been removed from display.The K-24 camera, developed in 1942, is a modification of the British F-24 camera. The K-24 camera is 10 pounds lighter than its British counterpart. More than 9,000 K-24 cameras were made for use in tactical reconnaissance aircraft in World War II, including the Supermarine Spitfire, the
  • Krista Strider

    Krista Strider is the Deputy Director and Senior Curator of the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this position, Strider helps guide the museum in its mission of preserving the heritage of the U.S. Air Force and helps to formulate and determine its interpretation to the American public and
  • Krista Strider

    Krista Strider is the Deputy Director and Senior Curator of the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this position, Strider helps guide the museum in its mission of preserving the heritage of the U.S. Air Force and helps to formulate and determine its interpretation to the American public and
  • Kawanishi N1K2-Ja Shiden Kai (George)

    The N1K2-Ja Shiden Kai (Japanese for "Violet Lightning--Improved") was the best fighter used in significant numbers by the Japanese Navy during World War II. Known by the Allies as the "George," this maneuverable, heavily-armed fighter was a formidable opponent in the closing months of the war. The Shiden Kai was considerably better than the
  • Kettering Aerial Torpedo “Bug”

    In 1917 Charles F. Kettering of Dayton, Ohio, invented the unmanned Kettering Aerial Torpedo, nicknamed the "Bug." Launched from a four-wheeled dolly that ran down a portable track, the Bug's system of internal pre-set pneumatic and electrical controls stabilized and guided it toward a target. After a predetermined length of time, a control closed
  • Kellett K-2/K-3 Autogiro

    Before World War II, aeronautical engineers sought to build an aircraft capable of making short takeoffs and landings. Eventually, their efforts produced the helicopter, but they also pursued a less common design -- the autogiro. Like helicopters, autogiros used a rotary wing to produce lift. However, unlike helicopters, the engine did not power
  • Kirkham Four-Cylinder

    Charles B. Kirkham of Savona, N.Y., made this four-cylinder, water-cooled engine around 1912-1914. Its exact origin is unclear, but Hillery Beachy, a well-known early aviator, was likely involved in its design or use. Though it resembles an auto engine, similar Kirkham motors powered several early aircraft. Roe Tanner, a brick mason and inventor,
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