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Establishment of USAFA
66 years ago on 1 April 1954, the U.S. Air Force Academy was authorized with President Dwight D. Eisenhower signing Public Law 325, the Act to provide for the establishment of a United States Air Force Academy.
The founding of the Air Force Academy was the result of individuals who years earlier expressed support for a dedicated military institution that would provide flight training.
image source: www.usafa.af.mil and U.S. Air Force Academy McDermott Library Archives
1926 -- General William “Billy” Mitchell: Department of Defense and Unification of Air Service: Hearings before the Committee on Military Affairs House of Representatives 69th Congress, 1st Session January 19 to March 9, 1926
Testimony of General Mitchell pages: 396-440
Menoher Board report discussions pages: 908-917
1947 -- National Security Act of 1947 became law on 26 July 1947 and the Department of the Air Force was created
1954, Jan -- Full committee hearings on H.R. 5337, to provide for the establishment of a United States Air Force Academy House of Representatives, Committee on Armed Services ; January 13, 1954
1954 -- The Air Force Academy Act, Public Law 325, April 1, 1954
Primary sources listed above and many other official documents are freely available on the Internet from sites such as GovInfo.gov and HathiTrust Digital Library. Also, the library subscribes to several government publication databases (ProQuest Congressional and HeinOnline—please go to the Library Resources tab and its remote access guide via BlackBoard for instructions).
McDermott Library’s Clark Special Collections on the 6th floor of the library is a repository for materials relating to the origin and development of the Air Force Academy: https://usafa.libguides.com/spc
To read more about the Air Force Academy’s history, please visit: https://www.usafa.edu/about/history/
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