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US Air Force Academy Classes



US Air Force Academy Class of 1998


Since 1959, the Air Force Academy has educated, trained and graduated tens of thousands of future Air Force officers. Despite early calls by aviation pioneers such as Gen. William ?Billy? Mitchell and others, a service academy for Air Force officers did not take shape until the late 1940?s. In 1949, then Columbia University President Dwight D. Eisenhower chaired a board that recommended a separate academic institution for the fledgling Air Force officer ranks. The Air Force spent $142 million during the early 1950?s to build the academy campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., featuring the distinctive, vaulting academy cathedral. The first class of 200 cadets, clad in uniforms designed by Cecil B. DeMille, entered the academy in 1955. Several subsequent construction projects have enlarged the campus to its modern landscape.



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