The United States Air Force
The beginning of the 20th century brought new advances in transportation, namely the birth of aviation. On the first of August 1907, the United States Army Signal Corps formed an Aeronautical division. On the 26th of May 1909, Lt. Frank Plahm and Lt. Benjamin D. Faulois flew an army dirigible, becoming the first Air Force pilots.
On August 2, 1909, the Air Force purchased a Wright Brothers aircraft, named “Airplane No. 1.” In December 1913, the First Aero Squadron was formed, after much experimentation with early aircraft. In July of 1914, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that formed the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps, which was still a part of the U.S. Army. A few weeks later, World War I began.
Throughout WWI, the US could not keep pace with either its allies or enemies in aviation technology. Although thousands of aircraft and pilots were engaged in battle on behalf of the U.S. Air Service, it would remain a division of the Army until WWII.
On the 26th of July 1947, the US Air Force was officially created as an independent branch of the military, and still flies strong today.
Throughout the years, the US Air Force has grown into an increasingly formidable branch of the American military, offering indispensable aid in every modern conflict and war.