The Wright Brothers first flight takes place in December 1903.
Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier in October 1947 while flying the Bell X-1.
In the late 1960s, then Col Daniel “Chappie” James and Col Robin Olds, Commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, are engaged in Operation Bolo.
Paul Airey becomes the first Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force in April 1967.
In the early 1990s, the Air Force participates in Operation Desert Storm, the most extensive air campaign since the conflict in Southeast Asia.
Susan Helms becomes the first U.S. military woman to go to space in January 1993.
In March 2020, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket becomes the first official launch for the U.S. Space Force.
Know the Past, Shape the Future.
The Air Force Historical Foundation’s primary mission is to educate and promote the preservation and appreciation of the history and heritage of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Space Force, and the organizations and people that have come before. Our continued focus is on producing quality research and educational programs for our Airmen, Guardians, and the families of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. This includes members of the Active-Duty Force, National Guard, Reserve, DoD Civilians, and civilian aviation and space enthusiasts around the world.