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Founded in 1953 by Gen. Carl A. "Tooey" Spaatz and other air power pioneers, the Air Force Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of American aviation, with emphasis on the U.S. Air Force, its predecessor organizations, and the men and women whose lives and dreams were devoted to flight.
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December 19, 1960

NASA uses a Redstone rocket booster to carry out the first unmanned test of the Project Mercury space capsule. The missile is launched from Cape Canaveral and travels 235 miles per hour downrange and attains a speed of 4,200 miles per hour.

Latest news and features

Air Power History: Winter 2014

Posted: 12.19.2014

This edition of Air Power History includes three feature articles, 20-plus book reviews and a new message from Air Force Historical Foundation President Dale Meyerrose.
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History Challenge: December 2014

Posted: 12.2.2014

Put on your thinking cap! This latest challenge will test the limits of your air power knowledge. Submit the correct answers for a chance to win prizes.
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2014 Awards Ceremonies

Updated: 10.17.2014

The Air Force Historical Foundation’s annual awards – including the organization’s three highest honors – were presented during a pair of ceremonies held October 8.
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Letter from the President

Posted: 8.12.2014

The latest message from Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose (USAF Ret.) covers the recent Board of Directors vote, the year-long 60th Anniversary celebration and more.
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60th Anniversary celebration

Posted: 7.25.2014

This event – which was held in Arlington, Virginia – featured a special presentation by Bob Hoover, the legendary stick-and-rudder pilot.
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