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  • United States Space Force Exhibit

    The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is the newest branch of the Armed Forces, established on December 20, 2019. Space Force members are called Guardians, and their motto is semper supra, or “always above.”The USSF organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in

  • United States Air Force Academy

    Memorials at the National Museum of the USAF.First Class at the Air Force Academy 1959 (Front View)First Class at the Air Force Academy 1959 (Rear View)First Class at the Air Force Academy 1959 (Graduate List)

  • USAF Established

    An Independent Air Force On July 26, 1947, President Harry S. Truman used this pen to sign the National Security Act of 1947 while aboard the Douglas VC-54C Sacred Cow, the first dedicated presidential aircraft. This act officially established the United States Air Force as a separate and co-equal

  • U.S. Army School of Military Aeronautics at The Ohio State University

    Note: This item is currently in storage.As World War I continued throughout Europe, it quickly became apparent that there was a shortage of trained pilots in the United States. The War Department and the U.S. Army formed the Aviation Cadet Training Program, and commissioned six universities across

  • U.S. Model Bugatti

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The U.S. Model Bugatti is a 16-cylinder engine of approximately 410 hp, built in 1918 by the Duesenberg Motors Corp. of Elizabeth, N.J. The engine had been redesigned for American production by Mr. Charles Brady King, thus becoming known as the King-Bugatti

  • U.S. Technology Representative Civilian Olive Drab Garrison Cap

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This garrison cap belonged to the donor's father, Wentworth D. Fling, who served as a civilian technology representative working for Fairchild Camera and Instrument Co. in early 1944, developing and training B-24 gunners in the use of the Fairchild K-8

  • Unarmed Tanker in Combat Search and Rescue

    On April 7, 2003, an unarmed KC-135 Stratotanker's crew put themselves in harm's way to help the crew of a downed F-15E. The KC-135 crew flew into hostile airspace north of Baghdad, Iraq, to refuel aircraft involved in the rescue, some of which were critically low on fuel. All four crewmembers, from

  • USAF Humanitarian Efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    "Throughout this bloody conflict, Sarajevo remained a symbolic reminder of UN resolve to achieve peace in the region thanks to the efforts of professional flight crews and ground crews of the U.S. Air Force."- Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman, Chief of Staff, USAF, March 1996As communism collapsed and the

  • U-2 Aircraft Carrier Tail Hook and "Q-tip"

    Aircraft Carrier Tail HookIn the 1960s, U-2s could not reach certain remote targets because political difficulties prevented basing the aircraft in some foreign nations. The CIA and U.S. Navy, therefore, studied the idea of launching U-2s from aircraft carriers.Project Whale Tale fitted a few U-2s

  • U-2 Pilot's Party Suit

    This "party suit" was not worn on missions, but instead was a strictly recreational outfit. It belonged to U-2 pilot Capt. Frank "Fuzzy" Furr, who wore it during the Southeast Asia War while deployed at U-Tapao, Thailand, in the early 1970s. Many pilots had customized party suits, and wore them for