U.S. Air Force Celebrates 69th Birthday Sunday, September 18, 2016
The first ever airplane flew in 1903, but it wasn't until several years later that the Army began using aircraft as part of its defense. As the world of aviation evolved over the decades, the military's air defenses changed and grew too. It wasn't until after WWII that the Army's Air Force division became its own entity. On Sept. 18. 1947, the U.S. Airforce was officially created as an independent branch of the military. This year the Air Force celebrates its 69th birthday.