About The United States Air Force
Since the dawn of civilization, legends have been told about man’s ability to fly. Several concepts of flying machines have been drafted since Leonardo Da Vinci, but not until 1783 did man actually achieve basic flight. Two French brothers, Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier launched a hot air balloon on October 15, 1783, and for several years, balloons were a premier asset to the militaries of the early nations. The balloons proved to be extremely useful as aerial platforms, which were used to spot enemy movements and direct artillery fire that the notion of mankind in the sky wasn’t part of an ancient legend anymore. It is due to these humble beginnings that the Army started an aeronautical division as part of the United States Army’s Signal Corps in August 1907.
The Aeronautical Division started off with just two enlisted soldiers, who were trained with maintaining balloon fabric, manufacturing buoyant gases, and inflating and controlling the Army’s balloons. From 1907 to 1917, the newly established Aeronautical Division struggles to establish itself, but with the invention of fixed wing aircraft, things started looking up for the division. During WWI and WWII many milestones were hit within the division that led to the important personnel increases, improved technology and procurement of additional aircraft. These changes led to many of the huge leaps forward, and by September 17, 1947 the Army Air Corps split into the newly formed Air Force.
Since that time, the Air Force has played key roles in protecting the Nation, as well as her interest abroad. America’s Air Force—Aim High… Fly… Fight… Win!