The United States Air Force was formed in September 1947 and has been the world’s most powerful air force for seven decades.
From the First World War through to the end of the Second World War in 1945, US military aviation underwent dramatic changes – coming of age in the skies above Nazi-occupied Europe.
And from 1947 to the present day, the USAF has become the defender of the Free World, facing and defeating threats from around the world with courage, honour, technical innovation and raw combat prowess.
In USAF – 70 Years of the World’s Most Powerful Air Force, historian David Baker charts the progress of America’s Air Force from its earliest beginnings right up to the present day.
Hundreds of rare photos illustrate accounts of Air Force involvement in conflicts such as the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, while the USAF’s most important aircraft – bombers, fighters and other types – are profiled in detail.
The past, present and future of the USAF are explored and explained in this special celebratory volume marking the force’s 70th anniversary.