The Air Force might be the youngest branch of the U.S. military services, but it doesn't lack for memorable moments and famous members. In celebration of the service's birthday on September 18, we present this Air Force History quiz -- see how well you can score!
How Well Do You Know Your Air Force History?Sure it might be the newest official member of the services, but the U.S. Air Force has had more than its share of historic firsts. From humanitarian missions like the Berlin Airlift to force projection and commanding the skies over Bosnia, Korea, and Iraq, the Air Force has been an indispensable part of the United States' ability to project power and maintain global security since its birth. Put your knowledge to the test... can you aim high and get a perfect 10/10?
In the legendary Berlin Airlift from 1948-49, approximately how many sorties were flown?
Who is the U.S. Air Force's all-time leading ace?
Don M. Beerbower
Edward V. Rickenbacker
Richard I. Bong
Robert W. Aschenbrener
Okay - who's the Air Force's top ace in the jet age?
Manuel J. Fernandez
Joseph C. McConnell
Richard S. Ritchie
Randell H. Cunningham
How many U.S. Presidents have served in the U.S. Air Force?
One of the Air Force's most revolutionary aircraft, the F-117 is often thought to use aerodynamics originally discovered studying:
Children's paper airplane creations
Migrating Monarch butterflies
Floating dandelion seeds
The common bumblebee
When did Jeannie Leavitt become the Air Force's first female fighter pilot?
Who is often considered the 'father' of the Air Force?
William J. Donovan
William "Billy" Mitchell
What type of plane was the first official Air Force One?
Boeing 747 (VC-25)
Boeing 707 (VC-137)
Actor Jimmy Stewart ("It's a Wonderful Life") retired with what Air Force rank?
The Air Force is the same age (and shares a birthday with) what other governmental organization?