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Benjamin O. Davis, an aviation pioneer and one of the most famous Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. (Air Force photo) AIR FORCE HISTORY: Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Benjamin O. Davis, an aviation pioneer, is one of the most famous Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. His military career spanned five decades and three wars. He was the first African-American officer in the Army Air Forces, and was a member of the first African-American pilot-training class at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama.He was born in Dec.
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J33 engine mechanics at Tinker in 1949. (Photo courtesy of the Tinker History Office) TINKER HISTORY: Allison J33 engine, unprecedented advancement
The Allison J33 turbojet was the first mass-produced jet engine used by the military. The J33 was an outgrowth of the turbojet engine developed for aircraft use prior to and during World War II by the British in the form of the Whittle engine.The J33 powered what became known as “jet” aircraft like the P-80 Shooting Star, its T-33A cousin and the
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America’s first black aviator, Eugene Jacques Bullard during World War I. (Photo courtesy of the Tinker History Office) AIR FORCE HISTORY: The Black Swallow of Death and the world’s first black fighter pilot
America’s first black aviator did not fly for the country of his birth, America, but for his adopted country, France. Eugene Jacques Bullard was born in 1894 in Columbus, Georgia, and was the seventh of 10 children born to a black man from Martinique and a Creek Indian woman. Eugene said his father was an educated man who worked hard as a laborer
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Chief Master Sgt. Thomas N. Barnes visits Turkey in 1976 with Chief Master Sgt. J.M. Huckless. (Photo courtesy of the Tinker History Office) AIR FORCE HISTORY: CMSAF #4 Thomas N. Barnes
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Thomas N. Barnes, born Nov. 16, 1930, entered the Air Force in April 1949. In fact, Barnes left Chester, Pa., on an unsegregated train for basic training and arrived to be segregated for basic training. At the time segregation in fact existed in the north, but not by law. It existed in the south as a matter of
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AT-6 engine steam cleaning at Tinker. (Photo courtesy of Tinker History Office) TINKER HISTORY: AT-6 Texan
The North American AT-6 “Texan” was a single-engine, basic trainer built for the Army Air Corps during World War II. It also saw service with the U.S. Navy with the designation SNJ (Scout Trainer North American) and with Royal Air Forces’ as the Harvard. The design featured robust main landing gear under a low mono-wing, tailwheel and single
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Phil Tinker, grandson of Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker, Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, and Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear, Principal Chief of the Osage Nation enjoy the festivities of Tinker’s 75th Anniversary kickoff luncheon Jan. 30 at the Tinker Club. This was the first of several events planned for the diamond year which will also include a marathon in February, the Star Spangled Salute in May, and the Air Force Ball in September. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) Tinker kicks off diamond anniversary with luncheon
Phil Tinker, grandson of Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker, Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, and Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear, Principal Chief of the Osage Nation enjoy the festivities of Tinker’s 75th Anniversary kickoff luncheon Jan. 30 at the Tinker Club. This was the first of several events planned for the diamond
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Two P-51 Mustangs shimmer against the parking ramp over Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ while practicing formation flying during a USAF Heritage Conference 2002 training flight. The USAF Heritage conference brings together civilian Heritage pilots and USAF Demonstration Team pilots to discuss safety and practice formation flying in a non-airshow environment.  The USAF heritage aircraft and modern day fighters routinely team together to perform at airshows in the "Heritage Flight" formation but must be certified to fly together before the airshow season begins each year.  USAF  Photo by SSgt. Greg L. Davis. Tinker History: P-51 Mustang
The North American P-51 “Mustang” was a single-engine, air-superiority fighter and bomber escort which served the Army Air Corps during World War II in all theaters. The sleek design was built around the massive V-12 engine driving an even larger propeller. The aircraft was famously used in the European theater to escort massive formations of
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Forty 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, along with their mentors pose for a group photo following their tour of an E-3 Sentry aircraft. The students attended the first STEM Girls Camp, “STEM Like a Girl” held at the base Jan. 28. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) STEM like a girl
As part of the installation’s diamond anniversary goals to better extend STEM education opportunities, Tinker hosted 40 girls in its first STEM Girls Camp, “STEM Like a Girl.” On Jan. 28 the camp, which targeted young girls in grades six, seven and eight, included teambuilding and STEM activities, testimonies from 72nd Air Base Wing Commander Col.
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Numerous PQ-14s “Cadets” are shown undergoing maintenance and inspection checks at Tinker Field. These checks were routinely conducted during delivery and acceptance review by the Army Air Corps. (Photo courtesy of the Tinker History Office) TINKER HISTORY: Drones in the ’40s
The Culver PQ-14 “Cadet” was an outgrowth of Culvers pre-WWII efforts in to inexpensive general aviation aircraft production. The PQ-14’s predecessor, the PQ-8, was produced specifically as a radio-controlled drone for the Army Air Corps beginning in 1940 when a contract for 200 aircraft was let. These proved to be so successful, a slightly larger
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For his actions, Staff Sgt. Maynard Smith was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by the Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson. (Air Force photo) COMMENTARY: Snuffy Smith, first enlisted Airman to receive Medal of Honor
Picture the scene: a group of 30 young men in the small town of Caro, Mich., getting their picture taken on the courthouse steps before leaving to serve their country. As they line up, the sheriff calls across the steps to say he had one more for the picture: Maynard Harrison Smith in handcuffs, fresh from his trial. Maynard Harrison Smith was born
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