74th birthday of the United States Air Force
Reported By WOC H.McMahon
Founded on September 18th, 1947, the United States Air Force is the second-youngest branch of the military after the United States Space Force. The National Security Act of 1947 was signed in July of 1947 by President Truman, with Stuart Symington being sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force on September 18th, 1947, making today the Air Force’s 74th birthday.
Chuck Yeager was one of the more influential people in Air Force history due to him being the test pilot who would officially become the first human to break the sound barrier in an experimental Bell X-1, setting the stage for a revolution in aeronautics. He would become a Brigadier General after about 20 years in service, on June 22, 1969.