September 17th – Constitution Day
September 18th – Birthday of the Air Force and the CIA
As the Air Force celebrates its 68th birthday, here’s 11 things you may not know about the youngest branch of America’s military.
1. Technically, Air Force One isn’t just one plane. The term Air Force One refers to any plane the commander in chief is traveling aboard. The White House currently has two customized Boeing 747-200B aircraft available specifically to transport the president.
2. The Air Force shares its birthday with the CIA. Both were founded on September 18, 1947.
3. The Air Force Memorial is one of the sneakily great places to get a view of downtown Washington. It’s tucked between the Pentagon and a large shopping mall. Rarely crowded, visitors can stand below the three spires and get a panoramic view of our nation’s capital.
4. Battle-hardened weathermen? Check. A hat-tip to Mental Floss for this nugget in a June story about how the Air Force sends Special…
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