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An air force – in the broadest sense – is the national military branch that primarily conducts aerial warfare. More specifically, it is the branch of a nation's armed services that is responsible for aerial warfare as distinct from an army or navy. Typically, air forces are responsible for gaining control of the air, carrying out strategic and tactical bombing missions, and providing support to land and naval forces often in the form of aerial reconnaissance and close air support.

The term air force may also refer to a tactical air force or numbered air force, which is an operational formation either within a national air force or comprising several air components from allied nations. Air forces typically consist of a combination of fighters, bombers, helicopters, transport planes and other aircraft.

Many air forces may command and control other air defence assets such as anti-aircraft artillery, surface-to-air missiles, or anti-ballistic missile warning networks and defensive systems. Some air forces are also responsible for operations of the military space and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Some nations, principally countries who modelled their militaries along Soviet lines, have or had an air defence force which is organizationally separate from their air force.

Peacetime/non-wartime activities of air forces may include air policing and air-sea rescue.

Air forces are not just composed of pilots, but also rely on a significant amount of support from other personnel to operate. Logistics, security, intelligence, special operations, cyber space support, maintenance, weapons loaders, and many other specialties are required by all air forces.

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[Man pointing to glass globe during experiment demonstrating the force of air pressure on a vacuum]

[Man pointing to glass globe during experiment demonstrating the force...

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: Ottonis de Guericke Experimenta nova (ut vocantur) magdeburgica de vacuo spatio primùm à R.P. Gaspare Schotto ... nunc verò ab ipso auctore perfectiùs edita, variisque... More

New Mosquito Boat gets a tryout. Washington, D.C., June 19. The PT-9, first of the new 'Mosquito Boats' to be delivered to the U.S. Navy under the President's $15,000,000 experimental small craft program had a preview for the press today. This is the same type of boat that the government is in process of releasing to the British Navy, causing great unrest and indignation in Capitol circles. Eight other boats will be based at the naval operating base, Norfolk, Va., to undergo severe seagoing tests. The squadron will be known as the Mosquito Fleet and the insignia which was designed by Walt Disney consists of a mosquito riding on the top of a high speed torpedo. Shown in the picture is Lieutenant Earl S. Caldwell, USN, Commander of the squadron
Burgess tractor of Burgess Co. & Curtis, 100 HP Renault, sold Army Air Service and delivered Oct. 21, 1913

Burgess tractor of Burgess Co. & Curtis, 100 HP Renault, sold Army Air...

View of pontoon biplane. Title and other information transcribed from caption card and item. Photograph by USAAS. "3962 A.S." Ernest L. Jones Collection. Caption card tracings: Air Force, U.S.; Airplanes 1911-1919.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Area B, Building 76, Wright Field Firehouse, Northwest corner of Fifth & D Streets, Dayton, Montgomery County, OH

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Area B, Building 76, Wright Field Fir...

Significance: Building 76 was built in 1929 as the original Wright Field firehouse. It has undergone considerable alteration, but continues to serve as the fire station for Area B. Survey number: HAER OH-79-A... More

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CW Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Civil Engineering Storage, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, Marin County, CA

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Civil Engineering Storage, East Ridgecr...

Survey number: HABS CA-2615-X Building/structure dates: 1951 Initial Construction

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Explosive Storage, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, Marin County, CA

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Explosive Storage, East Ridgecrest Boul...

Survey number: HABS CA-2615-U Building/structure dates: 1951 Initial Construction

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Guard Building, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, Marin County, CA

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Guard Building, East Ridgecrest Bouleva...

Survey number: HABS CA-2615-W Building/structure dates: 1951 Initial Construction

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CX Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Gatehouse, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, Marin County, CA

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Gatehouse, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, M...

Survey number: HABS CA-2615-R Building/structure dates: 1951 Initial Construction

MacDill Air Force Base, Water Tower, Hillsborough Loop Drive & Eagle Place, Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL

MacDill Air Force Base, Water Tower, Hillsborough Loop Drive & Eagle P...

Significance: The Water Tower, due to its engineering integrity and its contribution to the Second World War-era infrastructure, is an integral part of MacDill Air Force Base's historic character. The tower, w... More

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CL Building/structure dates: 1942 Initial Construction

Edwards Air Force Base, North Base, Small Arms Range, Northeast of A Street, Boron, Kern County, CA
Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CU Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Igniter Laboratory, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Igniter Laboratory, Edward...

Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N702 Survey number: HAER CA-163-BB

Wendover Air Force Base, Swimmimg Pool, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, Swimmimg Pool, South of Interstate 80, Wendov...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-A Building/structure dates: 1943 Initial Construction

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Storage Building Types, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, Marin County, CA

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Storage Building Types, East Ridgecrest...

Survey number: HABS CA-2615-A Building/structure dates: 1951 Initial Construction

Edwards Air Force Base, North Base, Lavatory T-14, Near North Base Road & B Street, Boron, Kern County, CA
Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage Building, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage Building, South...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CO Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Wendover Air Force Base, Building No. 52, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT
Edwards Air Force Base, North Base, Second Street Mess Hall T-10, Second Street, Boron, Kern County, CA
Wendover Air Force Base, Black Powder Storage Building, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, Black Powder Storage Building, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CN Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Exchange, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, Marin County, CA

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Exchange, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mo...

Survey number: HABS CA-2615-K Building/structure dates: 1951 Initial Construction

Edwards Air Force Base, North Base, Air Compressor Building, East of Second Street, Boron, Kern County, CA

Edwards Air Force Base, North Base, Air Compressor Building, East of S...

Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N728 Survey number: HAER CA-170-SS

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Interstte 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CZ Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CQ Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CR Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Area B, Building 71D, Propulsion Laboratory, Fuels & Lubricants, Dayton, Montgomery County, OH

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Area B, Building 71D, Propulsion Labo...

Significance: Building 71D is part of the Power Plant Laboratory Complex, the site of essential aircraft engine research and development, particularly during the 1930s and '40s. It was built due to the increas... More

Westover Air Reserve Base, Building No. 3151, 23 Kelly Road, Chicopee, Hampden County, MA

Westover Air Reserve Base, Building No. 3151, 23 Kelly Road, Chicopee,...

Significance: The house on the west side of Seawolf Avenue represents typical non-commissioned officer's housing during World War II. It comprises a portion of the original housing constructed on Westover Air ... More

Offutt Air Force Base, Looking Glass Airborne Command Post, Vehicle Refueling Station, Northeast of AGE Storage Facility at far northwest end of Project Looking Glass Historic District, Bellevue, Sarpy County, NE

Offutt Air Force Base, Looking Glass Airborne Command Post, Vehicle Re...

Survey number: HAER NE-9-H Building/structure dates: 1972 Initial Construction

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Multi-Purpose Building, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, Marin County, CA

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Multi-Purpose Building, East Ridgecrest...

Survey number: HABS CA-2615-M Building/structure dates: 1951 Initial Construction

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Motorcycle Shop, East Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, Marin County, CA

Mill Valley Air Force Station, Motorcycle Shop, East Ridgecrest Boulev...

Survey number: HABS CA-2615-F Building/structure dates: 1951 Initial Construction

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, War Reserve Strategic Storage, South of Inter...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-CT Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

Wendover Air Force Base, Airmen's Dormitory, South of Interstate 80, Wendover, Tooele County, UT

Wendover Air Force Base, Airmen's Dormitory, South of Interstate 80, W...

Survey number: HABS UT-125-BC Building/structure dates: 1944 Initial Construction

R.A.F. [i.e., Royal Air Force] activities against Arab rebellion. Group of R.A.F. staff at Ramleh with wing commander A.H. Flower & sq. leader Singer[?] in centre
Navy's flying flagship. Washington, D.C., June 8. Rear Admiral Ernest J. King, completing his tour of duty as chief of the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics, has a new Flying Flagship as he prepares to take over his new command as Commander Aircraft Base Force at San Diego. While other admirals have floating flagship from which to direct maneuvers, Rear Admiral King will take to the air to direct his forces, 6/8/36
Lucile Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service, working on black-out lamps to be used on the gasoline trailers in the Air Force, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisc

Lucile Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service, ...

12002-22. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

North American's P-51 Mustang Fighter is in service with Britain's Royal Air Force, N[orth] A[merican] Aviation, Inc., Inglewood, Calif.
Agnes Cliemka, age 23, married and husband may be going into the service any day, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Agnes used to work in a department store. Checking of gasoline hose of gasoline trailers before being turned over the Air Force

Agnes Cliemka, age 23, married and husband may be going into the servi...

12002-22. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Helen Ryan, age 41 (with cap), widow and used to work in a show factory, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Agnes Cliemka, age 23, married and husband may be going into the service any day, brother in the army. She used to be a clerk in a department store. Unmasking and checking parts of the gasoline trailers that will be turned over to the Air Force

Helen Ryan, age 41 (with cap), widow and used to work in a show factor...

12002-22. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

P-51 "Mustang" fighter in flight, Inglewood, Calif. The "Mustang", built by North American Aviation, Incorporated, is the only American-built fighter used by the Royal Air Force of Great Britain
Lucile Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service. Working on black-out lamps to be used on the gasoline trailers in the Air Force, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lucile Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service. ...

12002-22. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Agnes Cliemka, age 23, married and husband may be going into the service any day, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Agnes used to work in a dep[artmen]t store. Checking of gasoline hose of gasoline trailers before being turned over the Air Force
Helen Ryan, age 41 (with cap), widow and used to work in a show factory, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Agnes Cliemka, age 23, married and husband may be going into the service any day, brother in the army. [She] used to be a clerk in a dep[artmen]t store. Unmasking and checking parts of the gasoline trailers that will be turned over to the Air Force
Lucile Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service, working on black-out lamps to be used on the gasoline trailers in the Air Force, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisc.
Lucile Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service. Working on black-out lamps to be used on the gasoline trailers in the Air Force, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Proposes Air Defense Cabinet separate from Army and Navy. Washington, D.C., Jan. 31. Kern Dodge, President of the Air Defense League, appearing before the House Military Affairs Committee today proposed the establishment of an Air Defense Cabinet, separate from the Army and Navy and with an Assistant Secretary as Director. He also urged passage of immediate legislation to build up a synchronized force of pursuit, observation and bombing planes, 1-31-39
Salvo of 600-pound bombs falling from formation of B-10 bombers in recent bombing practice by the 19th Bombardment Group, General Headquarters, Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps
U.S. Air Force bombs Tripoli. Clouds of smoke tell the story of the successful raid by U.S. Army Air Force bombers on the Spanish mole at Tripoli. Their objective was only the mole and not ships in the harbor. This third picture in a series was taken as the bomber group finished its mission
8th Army in Tripoli. Royal Air Force Rescue launch speedboat to action from a desert port on the Mediterranean during the Tripoli campaign
One year of reciprocal aid. British girls and American technicians work together at a U.S. Army Air Force maintenance department. This is only one of dozens of services rendered our forces by British civilians. The British government pays $240,000 a week in wages to civilian workers in the direct employ of the U.S. forces
U.S. Air Force bombs Tripoli. U.S. Army bombers made their first raid on Tripoli recently and returned with this unusal series of pictures showing the results of the raid. Their objective was the Spanish mole at upper left and they were not aiming at ships in the harbor. This photo first in the series was taken at the start of the raid
U.S. Air Force bombs Tripoli. Clouds of smoke tell the story of the successful raid by U.S. Army Air Force bombers on the Spanish mole at Tripoli. Their objective was only the mole and not ships in the harbor. This third picture in a series was taken as the bomber group finished its mission
Lend-Lease to Britain. American 1,100-pound bombs to be used by the Royal Air Force are stacked in an ammunition dump in England, after arriving from the United States in a lend-lease shipment. The dump is in a tunnel one hundred feet underground hewn from solid rock
First Sierra Leonean to fly with Royal Air Force. Leading aircraftman A.K. Hyde of Sierra Leone, West Africa, is one of the first Sierra Leoneans who will fly with the RAF. A former government service employee in the British colony, he was educated at the Grammar School and Methodist Boys High School in Freetown
R.A.F. [i.e., Royal Air Force] group taken at tower of David for Padre Smith-Master[?]
Nazi railroad yards at Siena are knocked out. On the alternate line from Pisa and Florence south to Rome, the Siena yards were blasted by Mediterranean Allied Air Force Bombers. Within two months "Operation Strangle" had smashed all large and medium sized railyards at Rome, Rimini, Ancona, Pisa, Arezzo, Foligno, Terni, and Viterbo
Salvo of 600-pound bombs falling from formation of B-10 bombers in recent bombing practice by the 19th Bombardment Group, General Headquarters, Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps

Salvo of 600-pound bombs falling from formation of B-10 bombers in rec...

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). Caption card lists some of the printing history of image. Image source: U.S. Army Air Corps. Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; U... More

Douglas military aircraft Army. The Douglas A-20 (Havoc) light bomber, called the Boston by the British, is used by both the American Air Force and the Royal Air Force. It was designed as an attack bomber for hedge hopping and strafing operations against ground troops and installations. Because of the speed and performance abilities of this plane, the British have converted a number for use as night fighters. Some have also been used for reconnissance work. Armament details vary according to use, light and heavy guns being mounted in varying combinations
Smoke shrouds the Signa Bridge. Another target for "Operation Strangle," the Signa Bridge, west of Florence, was smashed by direct hits from Mediterranean Allied Air Force bombers
8th Army in Tripoli. A Royal Air Force salvage unit plows through mud and water carrying replacement parts which will return a damaged plane to action in the Tripoli campaign
U.S. desert airmen check bombing plans. The crew of an U.S. Army Air Force B-25 bomber check their flight plans at a desert air base before taking off to bomb advance Axis position. They are (left to right) Lieutenant Bob Hill, Clear Lake, Iowa, bombardier; Lieutenant Bill Brytan, Denton, Texas, pilot; Lieutenant Jack Cross, Austin, Texas, navigator (he's checking the time); and Lieutenant Don Castle, Saint Joseph, Missouri, co-pilot; (crew member in rear is unidentified)
French airmen hit a pinpoint target. Flying with the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces under the tri-color of France, the Frenchment split a vital rail bridge, 600 feet long and 15 feet wide, at the Piteccio viaduct in central Italy. On the wing of the American-made B-26 bomber may be seen the roundel of the French Air Force
Colonel Robert Kauch, Commanding Officer, Air Service Command, 9th Air Force, Garden City, New York

Colonel Robert Kauch, Commanding Officer, Air Service Command, 9th Air...

Actual size of negative is E (approximately 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches). Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Divisi... More

8th Army in Tripoli. Warehouse on the Spanish Mole, on Tripoli's harbor, managed by U.S. Army 9th Air Force bombers during the attack on Tripoli
Aircraft, naval. The Brewster "Buffalo" (F2A-1) Navy fighter is a favorite with many American Air Force and Royal Air Force pilots. This plane, which is usually based on a carrier, is exceedingly maneuverable and capable of excellent performance at high altitudes. Powered by a 1,000 horsepower Wright cyclone engine it has a top speed of about 330 miles per hour, a range of 1,000 miles and a ceiling of approximately 35,000 feet
Bombs lie on an Allied airfield ready to be loaded into Royal Air Force Liberators. The British bombers of the Mediterranian Allied Air Forces worked with American Liberators to strangle German supply lines feeding Nazi troops on the Anzio, Cassino and Eighth Army fronts. French airmen also participated in the operation
R.A.F. [i.e., Royal Air Force] group taken at tower of David for Padre Smith-Master[?]
Colonel Robert Kauch, Commanding Officer, Air Service Command, 9th Air Force, Garden City, New York
One year of reciprocal aid. Flight Lieutenant Clifford Taite, Royal Air Force (RAF) takes Captain James R. Hendry, U.S. Army Air Force through the British experts' dossier on a German aircraft that fell into British hands. Reciprocal aid includes information whose value cannot be estimated in terms of money and which has been obtained at a cost measured in thousands of lives and three years of hard fighting
Marshalling yards at Padua after a raid by Mediterranean Allied Air Force bombers. Photo shows the damage done after two night attacks by Royal Air Force Wellingtons
Royal Australian Air Force in Malaya ... flying American "Lockheed Hudsons" ... over Malaya.

Royal Australian Air Force in Malaya ... flying American "Lockheed Hud...

Title from item. British Official photo. No. BO-496. Forms part of: FSA/OWI Collection (Library of Congress).

London (vicinity), England. Two members of the A.T.C. preparing to enter the Air Force working on an airframe
General Douglas MacArthur, left, congratulates Captain Villamor of the Philippine Air Force, after awarding him the Distinguished Service Cross, December 22, 1941. Captain Villamor was one of the small group of flyers that did heroic service in the Battle of Bataan
Singapore U.S. made Brewster "Buffalo" pursuit ships being mass-assembled in a hangar in Malaya for the use of Britain's Royal Air Force in the Far East.

Singapore U.S. made Brewster "Buffalo" pursuit ships being mass-assemb...

Title from item. British official photograph: K. No. BO-426. Forms part of: FSA/OWI Collection (Library of Congress).

Sharpshooter. Smiling from behind the turret of a China Air Task Force bomber is Technical Sergeant Douglas Radney, whose record of one confirmed plane destroyed and three probables qualified him for membership in the China Skeet and Gun Club. Radney was a member of the Tokyo bombers last year and had already earned himself the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star with a star and the Air Medal
Flight instructors McTaggart and Gumison talk things over. Craig Field, Southeastern Air Force Training Center, Alabama
London (vicinity), England. Two members of the A.T.C. preparing to enter the Air Force working on an airframe

London (vicinity), England. Two members of the A.T.C. preparing to ent...

Image source: British Ministry of Information (CHIC-24). Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. ... More

Manila, the Philippine Islands. In one of the last pictures to leave the Philippines before Manila fell to the Japs, General Douglas MacArthur (left) is shown pinning a Distinguished Service Cross on Captain Jesus A. Villamor, of the Philippine Air Force, for heroism in the air. In the center background is Lieutenant Jack Dale, of the U.S. Army Air Corps, who also received a Distinguished Service Cross. At the same time, a posthumous award of the same medal went to Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr., who bombed and sank a Jap battleship near Luzon
Production Executive Committee. First meeting of Production Executive Committee of the War Production Board (WPB). Charles E. Wilson, President of General Electric Company and WPB Vice Chairman of the Committee. Committee members, left to right: Rear Admiral Howard L. Vickery, Vice Chairman, U.S. Maritime Commission; Lieutenant General Brehon B. Somervell, Commanding General, Services of Supply, U.S. Army; Mr. Wilson; Vice Admiral Samuel M. Robinson, Director of Material and Procurement, U.S. Navy; and Major General Oliver P. Echols, Commanding General, Material Command Headquarters, Army, Air Force
Singapore U.S. made "Catalina" flying boats of Britain's Royal Air Force in the Far East setting our [i.e. out] on patrol over the coast of Malaya. From Singapore, they cover thousands of miles of sea regularly.

Singapore U.S. made "Catalina" flying boats of Britain's Royal Air For...

Title from item. British Official photo. No. BO-425. Forms part of: FSA/OWI Collection (Library of Congress).

Football match on 'Y' field on Ap. 4, 1942 between Greek Air Force & 'Y' teams. King George of Greece present. Gen[eral view of Grand stand with the king
Production. A-20 attack bombers. Tail view of a new A-20 attack bomber on Long Beach, California flight ramp of Douglas Aircraft Company. Mechanics complete final checks before test flight and delivery to the Army. The A-20 is used by the American Air Force and Royal Air Force (RAF) for hedge hopping and strafing operations against ground troops and installations--also for reconnaissance work and night fighting. It is armed with light and heavy caliber guns
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. Top-notch performance of our big bombers is made a matter of certainty by the ground crews of the Air Force. A soldier-mechanic at Langley Field, Virginia makes an engine adjustment on a mighty YB-17 bomber under the critical eye of a sergeant
A bearing of a big forge hammer is removed for overhauling as the maker of a popular American car switches over to production of machine guns for the Air Force. Every machine in the plant must be in perfect condition for big orders in the months to come. Oldsmobile, Lansing, Michigan

A bearing of a big forge hammer is removed for overhauling as the make...

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). Lot catalog card states that the geographic location of images in lot is Akron, Ohio, but per caption is Lansing, Michigan. Title and other information... More

Twenty-millimeter machine guns for planes. A production lathe in a former auto plant and an experienced automobile worker team up to give our air force the greatest possible number of the finest possible machine guns. Oldsmobile, Lansing, Michigan
Production. P-51 "Mustang" fighter planes. Utilizing as little space as possible, North American "Mustang" are packed neatly in crates for shipment to the Royal Air Force (RAF) from the Inglewood, California, plant. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 "Billy Mitchell" bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe
These four members of the crew of "Snow White" a B-24 bomber, of the United States Army Ninth Air Force, have completed 300 hours combat time in the same bomber they brought to the Mediterranean theater from America. Under the protecting wing of Snow White are (left to right) Technical Sergeant John A. Harkell, Captain Rolo C. Lawrence, Sargeant George A. Brunnell and Sergeant Kermit E. Gregory
Production. Pratt and Whitney airplane engines. A new Pratt and Whitney airplane motor running on a test stand at a large Eastern plant. Before being shipped to one or another of our aircraft factories, the engine must demonstrate its ability to meet rigid Air Force requirements. Pratt and Whitney Aircraft
Mitchell Field. An American knight of the air mans the upper gun of one of our new bombers. He, his gun and his plane are typical of the personnel and equipment that have gained world respect for the American Air Force
Douglas military aircraft Army. The Douglas A-20 (Havoc) light bomber, called the Boston by the British, is used by both the American Air Force and the Royal Air Force. It was designed as an attack bomber for hedge hopping and strafing operations against ground troops and installations. Because of the speed and performance abilities of this plane, the British have converted a number for use as night fighters. Some have also been used for reconnissance work. Armament details vary according to use, light and heavy guns being mounted in varying combinations
Football match on 'Y' field on Ap. 4, 1942 between Greek Air Force & 'Y' teams. King George of Greece present. Closer up of the king
[New York, New York. Children's Colony, a school for refuee children administered by a Viennese. German refugee being measured by his mother on the wall of their furnished room. His father is in the Royal Air Force]
Production. Parachute making. There is far more to hemming this parachute than running the sewing machine. The operator must match pencil marks on the braid with pencil marks on the seams to turn out infallible parachutes for men in the Air Force. Pioneer Parachute Company, Manchester, Connecticut

Production. Parachute making. There is far more to hemming this parach...

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944... More

Mitchell Field. An American knight of the air mans the upper gun of one of our new bombers. He, his gun and his plane are typical of the personnel and equipment that have gained world respect for the American Air Force

Mitchell Field. An American knight of the air mans the upper gun of on...

Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches). Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944... More

Football match on 'Y' field on Ap. 4, 1942 between Greek Air Force & 'Y' teams. King George of Greece present. H.M. King George of Greece arriving on the field, speaking with Mr. Miller
Production. A-20 attack bombers. Long lines of A-20 attack bombers roll ceaslessly, night and day, through the Douglas Aircraft plant at Long Beach, California. The A-20 is used by the American Air Force and the Royal Air Force (RAF) for hedge hopping and strafing operations against ground troops and installations--also for reconnaissance work and night fighting. It is armed for its several duties with light and heavy caliber guns in varying combinations
Production. P-51 "Mustang" fighter planes. A cellophane cover is applied to North American "Mustang" fighters in the shipping department of Inglewood, California, plant, before they are crated and shipped to the  Royal Air Force (RAF). This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 "Billy Mitchell" bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe
An Allied airbase somewhere in Nothern Africa. Four American airmen of the Bombardment Group, United States Army, Ninth Air Force, take just enough time out to receive their citations while their bonber is being refueled. They are shown as they lined up beside their B-24 just before General Auby C. Strickland made the awards. Left to right: Lieutenant Lorey H. Woods, pilot, 1381 Worton Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio; Staff Sergeant Steve E. Rambert, twenty-one, gunner, 2321 North Parkade, Chicago Illinois; Technical Sergeant Wallace Armstrong, nineteen, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 3515 Simon Avenue; Lieutenant Albert P. Miska, navigator bombardier, twenty-five, 449 Compton Avenue, Perth Amboy, New Jersey
[New York, New York. Children's Colony, a school for refugee children administered by a Viennese. German refugee child. His father is in the Royal Air Force]
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