The first F-35 Lightning II of the 33rd Fighter Wing arriving at Eglin AFB
AAF Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
United States Army Air Corps Recruiting Poster
An Air Force RQ-4 strategic reconnaissance aircraft
General of the Army Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold
Formations of Keystone LB-7s (lower) and Boeing P-12s (upper) on aerial maneuvers over Burbank, California, 1930
An Air Force KC-46 Pegasus refuels a C-17A Globemaster III
USAAF recruitment poster
O-46A at Wright Field
An Air Force A-10 demonstrating close air support at Nellis AFB
Tuskegee Airmen War bonds poster
B-6A of 1st Bomb Squadron, 9th BG, 1935. The dual stripes on the fuselage denote the aircraft of the squadron commander.
Test launch of a LGM-30 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg AFB
1943 portrait of WAC air controller
P-26A in livery of 19th Pursuit Squadron, 18th PG, Wheeler Field, Hawaii
Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base
AAF Training Command patch
"Gear down" test flight of the Boeing Y1B-9 bomber in 1932. At the time it was faster than any existing pursuit plane.
Roundels that have appeared on U.S. military aircraft
1.) 5/1917–2/1918
2.) 2/1918–8/1919
3.) 8/1919–5/1942
4.) 5/1942–6/1943
5.) 6/1943–9/1943
6.) 9/1943–1/1947
7.) 1/1947–
USAAF recruiting poster
Interception of the Rex. The navigator for the mission was 1st Lt. Curtis LeMay.
The SR-71 Blackbird was a Cold War reconnaissance plane.
USAAF insignia from July 1943 to January 1947
Douglas C-39 transport
The F-117 Nighthawk was a stealth attack aircraft (retired from service in April 2008).
B-17G Fortresses of the 306th Bomb Group
Martin B-12A (variant of the B-10) of 31st Bomb Squadron, 7th BG, Hamilton Field, California
A row of Douglas C-54 Skymasters during the Berlin Airlift in 1949
P-51 Mustang of 361st Fighter Group, 1944
Curtiss A-12 Shrike of the 13th Attack Squadron, 3d AG, Barksdale Field, Louisiana
Various Air Force personnel pose during the Air Force's 74th birthday celebration at the Pentagon, September 17, 2021.
Taylorcraft L-2
PT-13, Air Corps primary trainer
Organization of the United States Air Force within the Department of Defense
C-47 of the 438th Troop Carrier Group
O-38F
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USAAF AT-6Cs near Luke Field, 1943
P-12E of 6th Pursuit Squadron, 18th PG 1935–1938, Wheeler Field, Hawaii
Pararescuemen and a simulated "survivor" watch as an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter comes in for a landing
UC-64 Norseman
Generals Benjamin D. Foulois, Assistant Chief of Air Corps (left); James E. Fechet, Chief of Air Corps; and H. Conger Pratt, Chief of Materiel Division, in 1931.
U.S. Air Force trainee demonstrating a butt stroke on a strike dummy as part of Basic Military Training.
General Carl A. Spaatz
USAF Airmen training at Lackland AFB
Medal of Honor recipient Major Richard Bong in Officer's Service Dress
A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft
Awards ceremony at RAF Debden, April 1944, illustrating varying shades of olive drab and the M-1944 "Ike jacket". Light shade 33 on left, dark shade 51 on right. Trousers are shade 33, khaki shade 1, and drab shade 54. The three combinations at right are "pinks and greens".
B-2 Spirit stealth bomber
At the AAF School of Air Evacuation at Bowman Field, Ky., student flight nurses learned how to handle patients with the aid of a mock-up fuselage of a Douglas C-47 transport.
A C-17 Globemaster III, the USAF's newest and most versatile transport plane
Female service dress in OD shade 33 at Randolph Field, 1944
E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system
USAAF flight crew
F-22 Raptor stealth air superiority fighter
First Air Force
KC-10 Extender tri-jet air-to-air tanker
Second Air Force
An MC-12W Liberty at Beale AFB
Third Air Force
MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle
Fourth Air Force
Lockheed U-2 spy plane
Fifth Air Force
RQ-170 Sentinel stealth unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance aircraft
Sixth Air Force
VC-25A (Air Force One)
Seventh Air Force
A WC-130J Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
Eighth Air Force
An unarmed Minuteman III ICBM shoots out of the silo during an operational test launch
Ninth Air Force
Tenth Air Force
Eleventh Air Force
Twelfth Air Force
Thirteenth Air Force
Fourteenth Air Force
Fifteenth Air Force
Twentieth Air Force

It was created on 20 June 1941 as successor to the previous United States Army Air Corps and is the direct predecessor of the United States Air Force, today one of the six armed forces of the United States.

- United States Army Air Forces

The Air Corps became the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on 20 June 1941, giving it greater autonomy from the Army's middle-level command structure.

- United States Army Air Corps

In practice, the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) was virtually independent of the Army during World War II, and in virtually every way functioned as an independent service branch, but airmen still pressed for formal independence.

- United States Air Force

U.S. Army Air Corps (2 July 1926 to 20 June 1941) and

- United States Air Force

United States Air Force 18 September 1947 – present

- United States Army Air Corps

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"Prop and Wings" branch insignia of the Air Service

United States Army Air Service

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"Prop and Wings" branch insignia of the Air Service
Junior Military Aviator wings, 1917–1918
SPAD S.XIII in livery of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, 94th Aero Squadron. Note U.S. national insignia painted on wheel hubs.
Nieuport 28 in 95th Aero Squadron markings
U.S. aircraft roundel in Europe, 1918–1919
Goodyear Type R "Caquot" balloon
Formation of DH-4 day bombers
Air Combat – Western Front World War I
Aces Eddie Rickenbacker, Douglas Campbell, and Kenneth Marr of the 94th Aero Squadron pose next to a Nieuport 28.
Curtiss JN-4 trainer
MB-3A of 94th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group
NBS-1 (MB-2) and pursuit in combat practice.
NBS-1s of the 2nd Bomb Group, April 1926
Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell, Assistant Chief of Air Service, 1920–1925
Maj. Gen. Mason Patrick, Chief of Air Service, 1921–1926
Curtiss R-6 racer, 1922 Pulitzer Trophy winner
LUSAC-11 over McCook Field, Ohio
Capt. Lowell Smith, and Lts. John Richter, Virgil Hine, and Frank Seifert conduct first mid-air refueling, June 27, 1923
Douglas World Cruiser Chicago
2nd Lt. Charles A. Lindbergh, March 1925
Lt Gen. James Doolittle
2d Lt. Quentin Roosevelt
Verville in January 1925

The United States Army Air Service (USAAS) (also known as the "Air Service", "U.S. Air Service" and before its legislative establishment in 1920, the "Air Service, United States Army") was the aerial warfare service component of the United States Army between 1918 and 1926 and a forerunner of the United States Air Force.

The Air Service was renamed the Army Air Corps in 1926 as a compromise in the continuing struggle.

Henry Harley Arnold, aviation pioneer; Commanding General of the U. S. Army Air Forces

The first Wright airplane arriving at Ft. Myer, VA, 1 September 1908

Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps

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The first Wright airplane arriving at Ft. Myer, VA, 1 September 1908
1st Lt. Frank Lahm and Orville Wright in the first U.S. Army airplane, S.C. No. 1, July 27, 1909
Crashed Wright Flyer that took the life of Selfridge September 17, 1908
Henry H. Arnold at the controls of a Wright Model B airplane 1911
Captain Charles Chandler (with prototype Lewis Gun) and Lt. Roy Kirtland in a Wright Model B Flyer after the first successful firing of a machine-gun from an aeroplane on June 7, 1912.
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The Aeronautical Division, Signal Corps (1907–1914) was the first heavier-than-air military aviation organization in history and the progenitor of the United States Air Force.

United States Army Air Corps July 2, 1926 – June 20, 1941

United States Army Air Forces June 20, 1941 – September 18, 1947

Division of Military Aeronautics

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The name of the aviation organization of the United States Army for a four-day period during World War I.

The name of the aviation organization of the United States Army for a four-day period during World War I.

As such, it is recognized by the United States Air Force as the third of its antecedents.

United States Army Air Corps: July 2, 1926 – June 20, 1941

United States Army Air Forces: June 20, 1941 – September 18, 1947

General Henry H. Arnold between 1946 and 1949

Henry H. Arnold

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American general officer holding the ranks of General of the Army and later, General of the Air Force.

American general officer holding the ranks of General of the Army and later, General of the Air Force.

General Henry H. Arnold between 1946 and 1949
A young Henry Arnold at the second-seat controls of a Wright Model B airplane 1911
Colonel Henry Arnold in the War Department in Washington, D.C., April 1918
Major Henry H. Arnold with the first Liberty V12 aero engine completed
Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick, Chief of Air Service
The court-martial of Billy Mitchell (standing), November 1925.
Martin B-10B bomber.
B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force.
B-29 Superfortress
Marshall (center) and Arnold (right) greeted by General Omar Bradley on Omaha Beach in Normandy, June 12, 1944.
General of the Army

Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938–1941), commanding general of the United States Army Air Forces, the only United States Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only officer to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services.

Instructed in flying by the Wright Brothers, Arnold was one of the first military pilots worldwide, and one of the first three rated pilots in the history of the United States Air Force.

Military Aviator Badge, 1913

Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps

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Military Aviator Badge, 1913
Members of the 1st Aero Squadron and a Burgess Model H trainer at North Island (later Rockwell Field), San Diego, California, 1915
Members of the 1st Aero Squadron in Mexico, 1916
Lt. Carleton G. Chapman in 1st Aero Squadron Curtiss JN-3 Signal Corps No. 53 preparing to takeoff at Casas Grande, Mexico.
Lt. Herbert A. "Bert" Dargue posing in front of Signal Corps No. 43 at Chihuahua City, Mexico.
Maj. Gen. George O. Squier, Chief of the Aviation Section, USSC 1916–1917; Chief Signal Officer 1917–1918
Curtiss JN-4 trainer
Air Combat – Western Front World War I, Air Service, United States Army

The Aviation Section, Signal Corps, was the aerial warfare service of the United States from 1914 to 1918, and a direct statutory ancestor of the United States Air Force.

United States Army Air Corps 2 July 1926 – 20 June 1941

United States Army Air Forces 20 June 1941 – 18 September 1947