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National Cheeseburger Day / Air Force Birthday
Yes, we did have double cheeseburger day just recently. Today honors the single stack version. There is much historical debate around who "invented" the cheeseburger. No need to re-hash those arguments here. Simply enjoy one next chance you get - better late than never.
For years I thought my dad was in the Air Force in WWII. I came to learn he was in the Army Air Corps - flying P=51's doing bomber escort over Germany. He shot down 3 enemy planes before being downed by anti-aircraft fire. Spent 14 months in a POW camp before he came home. Here's a little history of the USAF:
Almost from the moment the Wright brothers found a way to soar with the birds, the military incorporated aeronautical pursuits into their missions. However, the Air Force did not become a separate branch of the Armed Forces until September 18, 1947.
The military established the Signal Corps as the first aeronautical force in the United States. During the Civil War, the first missions provided visional communications via flags and torchlight from aerial balloons. Even so, the Signal Corps didn’t become an official branch of the Army until 1863. Its creation made way for more aeronautical training and study.
Since then, military air service has gone through many names and commands. A few examples are Air Service of the US Army to the Air Corps and Army Air Force. Finally, in 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing the United States Air Force as a separate branch of the military.
Happy Birthday to the men and women in blue.