Shortly after the Wright Brothers proved the impossible possible with the first airplane in 1903, a new front in the Army was rushed in to development, one that would be instrumental in separating the U.S. from all other nations: the Air Force.
After acquiring a tiny, rudimentary plane on May 9, 1909, army pilots took to the sky for the first time. And while it would be three more years before the military poured significant money into aeronautics, it would take the outbreak of The Great War for an emphasis to be placed on overhead combat. The continued growth of the department finally reached its tipping point with the National Security Act of 1947, which officially established the Air Force as its own sector of the military, having previously been housed under the Army for land missions and Navy for missions at sea. Pay homage.
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