While the Army Air Force was established in June 1941, and the US Air Force in September 1947, the indomitable spirit and courage to be America's flyers goes back to the first Wright brothers flights in 1903. Since this first flight, men and women - Billy Mitchell, Jimmy Doolittle, Jacqueline Cochran, Chuck Yeager, Benjamin O Davis, Jr - have answered America's call to defend the nation and its allies by dominating its enemies in the sky. Now, more than 50 years after its founding, the spirit and essence of the United States Air Force is celebrated for the first time in a definitive, magnificently-illustrated, large-format chronology published with the Air Force Historical Foundation. "US Air Force: A Complete History" is the definitive chronology on the Air Force - serving as both a reference tool and a handsome addition to any military history collection. Building upon the official Air Force chronologies, this book will present a year-by year summary of significant Air Force activities, from the early years of flight to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Key historical entries, as well as significant operations, technological advances, and the people instrumental in shaping the Air Force, are treated as expanded sidebar articles and written by leading experts in each subject. Treating these elements in detail will help bring this encyclopaedic account of Air Force history to life. "US Air Force: A Complete History" enables the history of America's aviators and airmen to be cherished permanently in a handsome package that every pilot and Air Force personnel will be proud to own and - with its unique cover - to display. This book will be read again and again by past and present aviators, their families and friends, and the countless others that have been inspired by the exploits of the United States Air Force and the spectacle of flight.