Many people’s conceptions of the Air Force are skewed from watching movies like Adam Baldwin’s Independence Day or other various images the media wrongfully leads us into thinking. The truth is that there are many things people don’t know about the Air Force. Here are a few interesting facts for you to read about:
A good first fact to know is that the Air Force shares a birthday with the CIA. According to an article published by Mental Floss, “The National Security Act of 1947 completely reorganized the national security apparatus of the United States. It separated the Army Air Forces from the Army, and made it an equal brand of the military – the U.S. Air Force.” This bill further created the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council, which most people don’t know about.
The next thing to note is that weatherman in the Air Force are treated with the utmost respect. Before the Air Force makes any initiative to send squads flying over 150 million dollars of aircraft into various parts of the world, knowing the weather is one of the most important things to take note of. Usually the Air Force sends aircraft into places that are not necessarily “friendly,” so they need to gather meteorological and geological intelligence. To do this, the Air Force appoints the Special Operations Weather Teams to read the environmental conditions and report back to them so that they know exactly what to expect on their air missions.
A third fact most people do not know about the Air Force is that it’s top fighter is Joseph C. McConnell, a “triple ace” pilot who has commendably shot down over fifteen enemy aircraft. According to Mental Floss, McConnell defeated sixteen MiG fighters over a four-month period in 1953 during the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross. Unfortunately, he was killed while piloting an F-86 H fighter bomber only a year after receiving his awards. Nobody has yet come close to earning his rank as top jet ace.
Lastly, another fact you may not know about the Air Force is that it will buy cyber weapons from you. The present mission of the Air Force as it stands today is to: “fly, fight, and win in air space, and cyberspace.” This new element of cyberspace is a critical component of future Air Force missions, thus they continue to look for beneficial cyber weapons.
If you want to read more interesting facts about the United States Air Force, this article by David W. Brown will enlighten you with 11 interesting facts about the Air Force.