US Air Force Academy History
The United States Air Force Academy was established April 1, 1954, the culmination of an idea that had been years in the making. Airpower leaders, long before the Air Force was a separate service, had argued that they needed a school, dedicated to war in the air, at which to train the country's future Airmen. After September 1947, when the Air Force was established as a separate service, this idea finally had the legitimacy of the new service behind it. Read More
- The first graduating class at the Air Force Academy was the Class of 1959.
- The first graduating class to include women at the Air Force Academy was the Class of 1980.
- Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon was appointed first Superintendent of the Air Force Academy.
- Read about those who led the way as the first African-American cadets entered the Academy.
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