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The front (left) and back of Tinker's 75th Anniversary coin. The front features the anniversary logo, while the back lists many of the aircraft that have gone through depot maintenance at Tinker, starting with the BT-13 and working around the fan blades to the B-1. 75th Anniversary coin, logo represent history
How do you put 75 years of history together into one simple anniversary logo?That was the question Tinker’s 75th Anniversary design committee had to answer, and it wasn’t easy.“We had several things to consider, like being home to three flying wings from three major commands, one air base wing, a supply chain wing, an air logistics complex and the
0 4/11
2017
Flight crew of B-29 City of Los Angeles and Red at his Medal of Honor presentation. (Courtesy photo) AIR FORCE HISTORY: Enlisted Medal of Honor Recipient Henry E. ‘Red’ Erwin
The sound of breaking glass shattered the pre-dawn stillness at U.S. Army Headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii. Glancing about for MPs or other officials, hands grasped the golden star and its attached blue ribbon from the display case. It was the Medal of Honor, the only one available in the Pacific Theater of Operations. An Airman stuffed the medal
0 4/03
2017
Republic P-84 Thunderjet aircraft in flight. (Courtesy photo) TINKER HISTORY: J35 Allison turbojet engine
The J35 turbojet is an outgrowth from the earliest mass-produced turbojet engine, the J33. The J35s initial refinements increased thrust, but it wasn’t until project management was placed in the hands of General Motor’s Allison Division that a radical redesign and development of afterburner created exponential increases in thrust.    The Oklahoma
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2017
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 25:  Staff Sergeant Joe DiMaggio, back from the pacific where he served with the 7th Air Force, checks in at the AAF Don Ce-Sar Hospital near St. Petersberg, Fla., for stomach disorder treatment.  (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) AIR FORCE HISTORY: ‘Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio and the 7th AAF
Before World War II, the Hawaiian Air Force was jokingly referred to as the Pineapple Air Force. After the attacks on Dec. 7, 1941, it was renamed the 7th Army Air Force and a born leader and warrior, Brig. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker, was sent in to get the unit in fighting form. That he did, practically overnight, before losing his life leading a new
0 3/24
2017
C-54 'Spirit of Freedom' in-flight during a training mission near Warsaw, Indiana in August 2014. The aircraft is owned and operated by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation which keeps the aircraft flying and available to the public through important educational outreach and air show appearances. Photo courtesy Greg Morehead. TINKER HISTORY: Douglas C-54 Skymaster
The Douglas Aircraft Corporation C-54 “Skymaster” was a four-engine cargo and troop transport built around a high-aspect ratio wing with conventional tail unit featuring a single rudder. The low-wing configured aircraft sat on retractable tricycle landing gear. Building upon the success of the DC-3/C-47, Douglas had partnered with major airlines to
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2017
The Oklahoma City Air Depot repaired and calibrated the then top-secret Norden MK15 bombsight on the B-17 “Flying Fortress” during the war years. (Courtesy photo by Luis Drummond) TINKER HISTORY: Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress”
The Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” was a four-engine, heavy bomber produced for the Army Air Corps prior to and during World War II. The aircraft was used in all theaters of the war with particularly heavy use in the European campaign.According to official Tinker history documents, the Oklahoma City Air Depot repaired and calibrated the then
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2017
Tinker’s first all-female engine crew on a B-25 engine in 1943. (Photo courtesy of Tinker History Office) AIR FORCE HISTORY: The Rosies
Life in America was transformed by the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. The leader of those attacks, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, famously concluded, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Rarely has someone in the moment so perfectly summed up the situation.President Franklin Delano
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2017
The Bomarc was a surface-launched, pilotless interceptor missile designed to destroy enemy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo) TINKER HISTORY: Douglas IM-99 BOMARC missile
The Boeing/Michigan Aeronautical Research Center IM-99A/B BOMARC missile was the world’s first ground-based long-range, anti-aircraft missile and the only anti-aircraft missile ever operated by the U.S. Air Force. The missile was supersonic capable and equipped with a 7-10 kiloton nuclear warhead. The missile’s name is a combination of the
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2017
Commander Robin Olds, a United States Air Force wing commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing in the Vietnam War. (Air Force photo) AIR FORCE HISTORY: Mustache March from days of Olds
The United States Air Force, despite being the youngest American military service, has a few outstanding traditions. Civilians vaguely know the tradition of Mustache March as an occasion used by some to raise money for charity. Many in our own military ranks only know Mustache March as “some damn pilot thing.” Well, it is indeed that, and it comes
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2017
Single Vultee USAF L-5 shown in flight. This aircraft is powered by an O-series engine. (Photo courtesy of the Tinker History Office) TINKER HISTORY: O-series engines
O-series engines powered many small aircraft used by the U.S. military in a wide variety of missions. O-series is the common name for reciprocating engines featuring horizontally-opposed pistons connected to a central crankshaft.Some of the earliest and sustaining work performed at Tinker was in support of maintenance, repair and overhaul of
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2017
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