Happy 74th Birthday to the US Air Force! On this day, September 18, 1947, the USAF became a separate branch of the military. Prior to that it was the US Army Air Corps. The US Southern Command posted a Happy Birthday message that appeared to some to be three Russian SU-27 Flanker Jet images. From Russia with love?
The first US Military forays into the sky were with hot air balloons for oversight. When the Wright Brothers discovered airplane flight, they began to add planes. By WWII, they had created a formidable force of aircraft.
First were the normal Happy 74th birthday messages:
Happy Birthday US Air Force.— VenturaCountyLibrary (@vencolibrary) September 19, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/IsQyEvbMl3
Celebrating the USAF today! It was created on this day, September 18, 1947. pic.twitter.com/vAi8jNkeGI— AFFT Museum (@AFFTMuseum) September 18, 2021
Today is our 74th Birthday!
From humble beginnings in 1947, we stand on the shoulders of great Airmen who have helped build the world's greatest Air Force. We thank each and every person who has helped to build credibility and trust for our nation and our allies. #USAF74 pic.twitter.com/rDwbaT3RDZ— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) September 18, 2021
Happy 74th Birthday to the US Air Force.— Vietnam Vet Memorial (@VVMF) September 18, 2021
4.4% of those on The Wall served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. https://t.co/lgQGbJgGcj
Many more served in Vietnam, returned home, and died due to service-related illness. https://t.co/RsxF60uK0D
"Aim High… Fly-Fight-Win" pic.twitter.com/93d5fT7o0v
There were hundreds of Happy Birthday postings for them, but there was also an apparent gaffe by the US Southern Command.
Ahh yes, nothing like the silhouettes of Russian Su-27s to wish the US Air Force a happy birthday. https://t.co/8czxv02BN0— Travis Akers (@travisakers) September 19, 2021
The official Twitter account of US Southern Command is facing mockery after it posted a picture featuring silhouettes of Russian Sukhoi fighter jets to mark the US Air Force’s birthday.https://t.co/KSS2Sl5JEM— Dr Arif (@DrArif03954507) September 19, 2021
To clarify- the post was by the Southern Command, not the USAF. Several Twitter users mistakenly thought the Air Force posted it.
Since Twitter was all shook up over the posting by the US Southern Command that resembled a Russian SU-27, we looked it up. The silhouette is similar. But unless the USAF has a Russian spy working for them, it’s probably just people seeing what they want to see in the image. Or the artist was drinking.
All in all, whether someone made a mistake or not, the fact is that the US Air Force has helped defend the United States and our allies as a separate branch of the Military for 74 years. We thank you all for your service and pray that you will be able to continue the mission of protecting the citizens of the United States from harm. Fly, Fight, Win!
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