Archive for the ‘U.S. Air Force’ Category

The U.S. Air Force is Seventy Years Old

The RAF Red Arrows lead the USAF Thunderbirds in an Anniversary salute to the U.S. Air Force in the U.K. this year  The United States Air Force will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of its founding on September 18, 2017. Seventy years of aviation history is hard to imagine, there is no way we could portray all […]

Stewart International Airport’s Military History, Where the New York Air Show is Held

If you come in the back way to Stewart International Airport, in by the south entrance off of Route 207, and if you are a little bit of an air base archeologist, you will immediately pick up clues that this was the old Stewart Air Force Base from 1948 to 1970. The entry road widens […]

Scott AFB: One Hundred Years in the Making

The time period is June 1917, the location Belleville Illinois, located roughly 25 miles to the East of St. Louis Missouri. Construction begins on the then-known Scott Field, named after Corporal Frank Scott, the first enlisted person killed in an aviation related crash in 1911. The flying mission at Scott would begin a few months […]

Boeing’s First KC-135 Served In Many Non-Tanker Roles

Story by Ken Kula with Nicole Cloutier The first Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker was delivered to the U.S. Air Force at Boeing’s Renton, Washington plant in January, 1956. Carrying a serial of 55-3118, the first production KC-135A was named the “City of Renton”, and christened with a bottle of local river water. Interestingly, the first jet-powered […]