What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Air Force?

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Interesting facts about the Air Force include that it shares its birthday with the CIA, it has two Presidents to its credit and the future of the Air Force will involve "counterspace operations." Celebrities who have served in the Air Force include Chuck Norris, Johnny Cash and George Carlin.

The National Security Act of 1947 separated the Army Air Forces from the Army and made it an equal branch of the military. Called the Air Force, it was also joined by the creation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency. The National Security Act was signed into law by President Truman aboard what became the first plane to be designated Air Force One. Speaking of presidents, Ronald Reagan transferred to the 18th Army Air Force Base Unit from the Army in 1942. George W. Bush joined the Texas Air National Guard of the U.S. Air Force in 1968.

The Air Force's next frontier is space. Air Force Doctrine Document 3-14.1 states, "Space superiority ensures the freedom to operate in the space medium while denying the same to an adversary and, like air superiority, cannot be taken for granted." Astronaut Buzz Aldrin flew 86 combat missions while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.