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  • Target Berlin

    Berlin, Germany’s capital, was selected as a prime target for the USAAF, not only for its industrial importance, but because the Luftwaffe would be forced to defend it, suffering heavy losses in the process.  The USAAF conducted its first major raid against Berlin on March 6, 1944—672 heavy bombers struck the city and 69 were shot down.  The USAAF
  • The Memphis Belle: American Icon

    The Memphis Belle and its crew became timeless symbols of the service and sacrifice of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany.  This famed aircraft was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the United States after completing 25 missions over Europe. The Memphis Belle was a B-17F heavy bomber
  • The "Memphis Belle" and Nose Art

    The “Memphis Belle”The Memphis Belle was named to honor Morgan’s fiancée Margaret Polk, of Memphis, Tennessee, whom he met before leaving for England.  Their love story was well-publicized, but their engagement ended during the war bond tour.Morgan flew on combat missions with a picture of Margaret Polk in the cockpit. Memphis Belle ArtworkThe
  • The U.S. Air Force in Space

    Since the beginning of the space age after World War II, the U.S. Air Force has provided technical expertise and leadership in developing and using space technology to preserve national security.The USAF has been a leader in missiles, astronautics and orbital technology. It has developed, launched and controlled satellites of all kinds; maintained
  • Teal Ruby

    Experimental Early Warning SensorThis satellite, known as spacecraft P80-1, carried an experimental infrared telescope code named “Teal Ruby.” Designed to detect heat, Teal Ruby was meant to give early warning of enemy aircraft crossing the polar region toward the United States during the Cold War.The Teal Ruby telescope is inside the white
  • The Great International Peace Pool

    Note: This item is currently in storage.American servicemen, anticipating a coming Armistice, formed the tongue-in-check “Great International Peace Pool” on Sunday, Nov. 10, 1918. The short-lived lottery sold shares at a price of 50 francs to the lucky soldier who could correctly predict the date when the war would end. Unbeknownst to the gamblers,
  • Training with the Royal Flying Corps

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Edward Sloan, assigned to the 34th Aero Squadron, arrived in England in September 1917 to complete his technical training with the Royal Flying Corps before making his way to the Front. Sloan was assigned to Halton Camp (now RAF Halton), near Wendover, and quickly discovered that the camp was responsible for
  • The Plan of Reconnaissance Aviation

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This battle plan, drafted by Col. William Mitchell, outlined the role of reconnaissance aviation in the planning and execution for the St. Mihiel Offensive. The plan identified the observation squadrons selected to participate in the offensive and established the boundaries of the operational zone. The
  • Teledyne Ryan XAQM-81A Firebolt

    Developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the XAQM-81A Firebolt was a high-altitude, high-speed aerial target based on the earlier liquid-fueled AQM-37A. The Firebolt set two world records for unmanned sustained flight, reaching a speed of Mach 4.3 and an altitude of 103,000 feet.Launched from a carrier aircraft, the Firebolt was powered by a
  • To the American Soldier in France

    Note: This item is currently in storage. Intelligence gathering by the enemy was a serious concern for Allied leadership during World War I. Correspondence was particularly bothersome, as seemingly harmless details regarding troop locations and movements could easily be gleaned from well-meaning letters home. As such, troops were issued a set of
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