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  • Aviation Day: A time to celebrate the evolution of flight

    The development of aviation has changed the way of life for many around the globe and has played a critical role in the military and the U.S.'s success in wars and conflicts throughout the decades; aviation has had such as significant impact that President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Aug. 19, National Aviation Day, as a federal holiday in 1939.
  • Key to success: Allied airpower at Normandy

    On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Allied soldiers from 16 nations stormed ashore onto Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches along a 50-mile stretch of France’s heavily fortified Normandy Peninsula. The commander, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and other senior Allied leaders knew that the key to the success of this major undertaking, especially during the critical first few days after the landings, was the establishment and maintenance of air superiority over the beachheads.
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