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  • Aviation legends visit AU for 38th annual Gathering of Eagles

    The annual ACSC capstone event invites aviation legends to AU to engage in community outreach opportunities and make military heritage come alive for ACSC students and faculty.
  • The ‘Transportation Plan’: Preparing for the Normandy invasion

    By early January 1944, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, or SHAEF, had begun planning for the greatest seaborne invasion in history, Operation Overlord, the invasion of “Fortress Europe,” scheduled for early June. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, was reasonably sure that the Allies could land sufficient forces to establish a beachhead along the Normandy coast of France during the first critical days of the invasion. However, he wasn’t so sure that these initial forces could sustain itself unless the Allies had air superiority over the landing beaches and could prevent German forces in Normandy from receiving reinforcements.
  • Cradle of Airpower: 100 Years of Maxwell

    Maxwell was established over a 100 years ago and has since played an integral role in the Air Force mission and in the Montgomery community. As part of the celebration, Air University historians have compiled a century worth of archives into Cradle of Airpower: An Illustrated History at Maxwell Air Force Base 1918-2018.Air University historians Dr.
  • Operation Tidal Wave: heroic but ineffective

    One of the most heroic air raids occurred 75 years ago during World War II on Aug. 1, 1943.   On that date, 178 B-24 Liberators from five Army Air Forces bomber groups near Benghazi, Libya, conducted a heroic but relatively ineffective low-level raid against the oil refineries around Ploesti, Romania. The second most heavily defended target area
  • Air University historians receive 2018 AETC Heritage Award

    Lt. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton, Air University commander and president, presents the 2018 Air Education and Training Command Heritage Award to Dr. Silvano Wueschner and Dr. Robert Kane, Air University Historians, Aug. 1, 2018, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The AETC Heritage Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Air Force History and
  • Field Manual 100-20: The ‘Declaration of Independence’ for tactical airpower

    On February 14, 1943, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander of the German Afrika Korps in North Africa, launched a major offensive against Allied positions at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, North Africa. Within days, the rapid advance of the Afrika Korps, supported by German aircraft, nearly overran the entire Allied position, including several forward airfields, in Tunisia. This battle became the first major defeat of U.S. forces in Africa.
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