SHAKO: Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force

September 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

USAF, Est. 1947

(U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

(U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

On this day (September 18) 66 years ago, President Harry Truman signed into law the National Security Act of 1947 which created the U.S. Air Force as a separate branch of the U.S. armed forces. Before that, the Air Force was a part of the U.S. Army. The photo above shows the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

Today is also the final day of the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition across the Potomac River at National Harbor, Maryland. Click here to see numerous features from the conference website including speeches by USAF leaders on the state of the Air Force, its triumphs and the future challenges it faces in an era of budget constraints and a strategic shift by the Defense Department to the Asia-Pacific region.

Wright 1909 Military Flyer in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  This was the first U.S. military aircraft before there even was an Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Wright 1909 Military Flyer in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
This was the first U.S. military aircraft before there even was an Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo)

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SHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress or parade uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

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