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    Hampton, Va, March 1, 1935
    General Headquarters (GHQ) Air Force was inaugurated at Langley Field, with Brigadier-General Frank M Andrews in command. The creation, for the first time in the U.S., of anything called an "air force" is being hailed as a major step toward making the US Army Air Corps (USAAC) an independent service on equal terms with the US Navy and US Army.

    The U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC)
    (The Wild Blue Yonder)
    By Robert Crawford

    U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) ::
    Boeing/Stearman Model 75/PT-13 Basic Trainer 1933
    Boeing P-26 Peashooter Monoplane Fighter 1934
    Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber 1937
    North American T-6 Texan (Harvard) Monoplane 1937
    Lockheed P-38 J Lightning 1938
    North American B-25J Mitchell Medium Bomber 1938
    Curtis-Wright P-40B Tiger Shark Pursuit Fighter 1938
    Douglas A-20G Havoc Medium Bomber 1938
    Consolidated B-24J Liberator Heavy Bomber 1939
    Curtiss P-40E Warhawk Fighter/Bomber 1940
    Republic P-47 D Thunderbolt "the Jug" 1941
    Douglas A-26C Invader Attack Series 1941
    Martin B-26 Marauder Medium Bomber 1941
    Boeing B-29 Superfortress Strategic Bomber 1942

    Washington, DC, June 20, 1941 ::
    The US Army Air Corps is renamed the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), under the command of Major-General Henry H "Hap" Arnold.

    U.S. Army Army Air Forces (USAAF)::
    North American P-51D Mustang Pursuit Fighter 1942
    Northrop Black Widow P-61 Pursuit Night Fighter 1942
    Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star First Turbojet Fighter 1944
    Douglas A-1H Skyraider Dive-bomber/Torpedo-carrier 1945
    North American F-86 Sabrejet Jet Fighter 1947

    Washington, DC, November 5, 1948 ::
    The marking "USAF" is officially approved for all US warplanes except those operated by the US Navy, Maarine Corps, Army, National Guard and Military Air Transport Service (MATS).

    U.S. Air Force (USAF) ::
    Lockheed T-33A Trainer "T-birds" 1948
    Cessna L-19/01 Bird-Dog FAC (Forward Air Control) 1950
    North American F-100D Super Sabre (Supersonic Fighter) 1953
    Lockheed F-104 Starfighter (Tigermeet '91) 1954
    McDonnell RF-101B Recon Voodoo All-weather Interceptor 1954
    Cessna A-37B Dragonfly Attach Jet Fighter 1955
    Republic Aviation F-105G Wild Weasel Tandem Fighter 1955
    Republic Aviation F-105D Thunderchief Supersonic Fighter1955
    Lockheed U-2 Reconnaissance Plane 1955
    General Dynamics F-111A Swing Wing Fighter 1960
    Fairchild Republic Company A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) 1972
    McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 1972
    Northrop F-5E "Tiger II" 1973
    General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon 1975
    Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 1981
    General Dynamics F-16 Air Force Advanced Technology Fighter 1982

    U.S. Army ::
    Bell Helicopter Division AH-1S HueyCobra Attack Helicopter 1965
    Bell OH-58 Kiowa (Bell 206 Jet Ranger) Helicopter 1968
    Hughes Helicopters AH-64A Apache Advanced Attack Helicopter 1975

    U.S. Marine Corps ::
    Bell UH-1C "Huey Hog" Helicopter 1956
    North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco (COIN) (LARA) 1964
    McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier (Bumblebees) 1981

    U.S. Navy ::
    Douglas TBD-1 Devastator Carrier-based Torpedo-bomber 1935
    Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina Flying Boat 1935
    Grumman F-4F Wildcat Carrier-based Fighter 1937
    Vought "Kingfisher" 0-S2U Observation Floatplane 1937
    Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber 1938
    Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair Carrier-based Fighter 1940
    Curtis Helldiver SB2C Carrier-based Dive-bomber 1940
    Grumman (General Motors) TBM-1C Avenger Torpedo-bomber 1941
    Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Carrier-based Fighter 1942
    Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat Twin Engine Fighter 1943
    Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Carrier-borne Fighter 1944
    Grumman F9F-5 Panther Jet Fighter 1947
    McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee Fighter/Ground Attack 1947
    Douglas AD-4W Skyraider (Able Dog)(Guppy) 1951
    Sikorsky H-19 Rescue Helicopter 1952
    Chance Vought F-8U Crusader Fighter 1955
    Grumman A-6E Intruder Subsonic All-weather Attack 1960
    McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II MiG Ace 1961
    Grumman EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare (EW) 1968
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Attack Fighter (Hornet) 1978
    McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Blue Angels' Hornet 1987
    McDonnell Douglas OA-4M SkyHawk 1973

    Civilian ::
    Ryan Airlines M-2 "Spirit of St. Louis" 1926
    Sikorsky S-55 Sabena Multi-purpose Helicopter 1952

    Royal Air Force ::
    Sopwith Camel Snipe Fighter 1917
    Bristol Bulldog Mk. 11A Interwar Biplane Fighter 1927
    Supermarine Walrus Mk. 2 Amphibian Marine Aircraft 1928
    Hawker Hurricane MkI First British Monoplane Fighter 1935
    Supermarine Spitfire Mk. 8 Fighter 1936
    de Havilland Mosquito Mark IV Fighter/Bomber 1938
    Hawker Typhoon Interceptor/Fighter-bomber 1940
    de Havilland DH.100 Vampire Mk. 1 Jet Fighter Interceptor 1943

    Imperial Japanese Navy ::
    Mitsubishi A6M1 Type-0 Carrier Fighter (Zeke) 1939
    Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate Hurricane (Frank) 1943
    Type 93 Intermediate Trainer K5Y1 (Willow) 19xx
    Mitsubishi (J2M3) Intercepter "Raiden" (Jack) 1942

    Imperial Japanese Army ::
    Kawasaki Ki-45kai "Toryu" Type 2 Two-seat Fighter (Nick) 1939
    Nakajima Ki43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar) 1939
    Nakajima Ki44 "Shoki" Interceptor (Tojo) 1940
    Kawasaki Ki61 "Hien" (Swallow) (Tony) Fighter V-12 1941
    Kawanishi Intercepter "Shiden" NIKI-J (George) 1943
    Kawasaki Ki100 (Tony) Mitsubishi Ha-112-II Interceptor 1945

    German Luftwaffe ::
    Junkers Ju 52/3m Transport 1932
    Dornier Pencil Do 17E/F 1934
    Messerschmitt Bf109G 1934
    Heinkel He111 German Bomber 1935
    Dornier Pfeil (Arrow) Do 335 1937
    Junkers Stuka Ju87D 1938
    Messerschmitt Schwalbe Me262 1938
    Focke-Wulf Fw190 Fighter 1939
    Henschel Hs 129B Tank Hunter 1939
    Messerschmitt Bf110G-4 1940
    Messerschmitt Bf110G-2 1940
    Junkers Ju 88A-4 Bomber 1941
    Messerschmitt Me 410B-1 Hornisse (Hornet) 1943

    U.S.S.R. ::
    Yakovlev YAK-1 Ski Equipped Soviet Air Force Fighter 1940
    MiG-15 (M=Mikoyan, G=Gurevich) Jet Fighter/Interceptor 1947
    MiG-29 Fulcrum High-tech Fighter 1983
    Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot 1989
    Mil Mi-24 Hind Gunship 19xx

    Franco-British ::
    Sepecat Jaguar A Ground Attack Aircraft 1973

    French Air Force (ACF) ::
    Dassault Mirage 2000 High-tech Fighter with Exocet Missles 1978

    Italian Air Force ::
    Savoia-Marchetti SM-79 Sparviero Trimotor Bomber 1934


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