Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on this day in 1947.

The official mission of the Air Force:

In general the United States Air Force shall include aviation forces both combat and service not otherwise assigned. It shall be organized, trained, and equipped primarily for prompt and sustained offensive and defensive air operations. The Air Force shall be responsible for the preparation of the air forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war except as otherwise assigned and, in accordance with integrated joint mobilization plans, for the expansion of the peacetime components of the Air Force to meet the needs of war.

The stated mission of the USAF today is to "fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace"

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