Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force – 67 years and counting!!

Today marks 67 years since the 80th U.S. Congress established the U.S. Air Force as its own military branch Sept. 18, 1947. Since then, thousands and thousands of aircraft have patrolled the skies to ensure the service’s mission to fly, fight and win.

In honor of this occasion, let’s take a look at back at some of the aircraft that flew in the skies above Spangdahlem since the base’s activation May 10, 1953.

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RF-80 “Shooting Star” 1953 – 1956

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RB-26 “Invader” 1953 – 1957

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RB-57 “Canberra” 1954 – 1957

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RF-84 “Thunderjet” 1955 – 1958

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F-4D “Phantom II” 1967 – 1968
F-4D “Phantom II” 1969 – 1971
F-4D “Phantom II” 1971 – 1982
F-4E “Phantom II” 1978 – 1987

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F-4G “Phantom II” 1979 – 1991
F-4G “Phantom II” 1991 – 1994
F-16C/D “Fighting Falcon” 1987 – 1991
F-16C/D “Fighting Falcon” 1991 – Present

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A/OA-10A “Thunderbolt II” 1992 – 2013

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