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  • OPERATION FRANTIC: Shuttle Raids to the Soviet Union

    In 1944, the US persuaded Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to allow USAAF aircraft to operate out of bases in the western Soviet Union.  Between June and September 1944, the Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces conducted a total of seven so-called “shuttle raids” under the code name Operation Frantic.(Additional pictures coming soon)Fifteenth Air Force B-17
  • OPERATION TIDALWAVE: Ploesti, August 1, 1943

    On August 1, 1943, the USAAF staged Operation Tidalwave—a daring, surprise low-level B-24 raid against the Axis’ critical source of fuel, the oil fields in Ploesti, Romania.  During the unescorted 1,000 mile flight from Libya, clouds broke the formation into two groups and a wrong turn caused even more confusion.  The B-24s arrived over the
  • Olive Drab Service Coat

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This service coat belonged to William Aulwes who served in World War I. Note the unique balloonist insignia embroidered on the rank chevron.Donated by Mr. Robert Aulwes.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Other Memorials

    United States Air Force Museum1st Radio Squadron1st Tactical Depot Squadron2nd Schweinfurt Association3rd & 4th Special Operations Squadrons5th Airdrome Squadron7th Combat Cargo Squadron8th Aerial Port Squadron39th Field Hospital47th Aerial Port Squadron51st Munitions Maintenance Squadron57th Alumni Association71st /17th/18th Special Operations
  • Operation Desert Storm Artifacts

    These artifacts were collected by members of the 907th Tactical Airlift Group, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, during their tour of duty in support of Operation Desert Storm. They were presented to the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Jan. 17, 1992.Click here to return to the Cold War Gallery.
  • Old Design, Young Airplane

    Over the years, the U-2 has been improved and modified many times. Several different models used a wide variety of sensors and cameras. The U-2 was even studied at one point for use on aircraft carriers to extend its range. The most visible change to the U-2 was the introduction of the U-2R in 1967. Its 103-ft. wingspan was 23 feet wider than
  • Origins of the U-2

    In the early 1950s, Soviet military and economic developments were a mystery to the United States because the USSR was a secretive, closed society. Americans feared a rising threat from a nation they knew was developing long-range nuclear missiles and bombers. Before reconnaissance satellites were available, aircraft taking pictures with powerful
  • OSI Confronts Terrorism

    Terrorism became a significant threat to the Air Force in 1972 in Iran, when Islamic Marxists injured a visiting USAF general in a bomb attack. Attacks were infrequent, but some Americans were killed in Iran in the 1970s. These attacks posed a new threat to the Air Force as violent opposition to Iran's pro-Western government grew. Islamic
  • OSI Civilian Attire

    OSI modeled its civilian attire after the FBI. This suit and hat were typical special agent attire in the 1960s. Modern OSI clothing includes items like the "raid jacket." It appears to be a normal denim jacket, but it has hidden flaps that can be pulled out to identify the wearer as a government agent.Click here to return to the OSI Overview.  
  • Office of Special Investigations

    The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) is the U.S. Air Force's criminal investigative service, and it plays an important role in protecting the USAF. OSI battles a wide variety of threats. Most OSI investigations focus on crimes such as murder, burglary and theft, drug and sex crimes, and similar dangers to USAF order and discipline.

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