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Post-WWII 1950's & 1960's US Air Force uniform photos


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Several NCO's wearing dress uniforms with bow ties along with one wearing an evening dress uniform which is of a consdirably darker shade than the others. Was it black? The photo caption says "1968 CMSAF Paul Airey visits his first Air Guard unit, the 167th TAG, WV ANG."

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11 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:

The Master Sergeant shown here is wearing post-1948 rank insignia along with World War II collar insignia.

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Sean any dope on this Old Timer?

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12 hours ago, patches said:

Sean any dope on this Old Timer?

No, other than I believe he was a member of the California Air National Guard.

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Members of the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Fighter Squadron are seen at Lockbourne Air Force Base, near Columbus, Ohio, in June 1950.  Note they are wearing a mixture of Army and AIr Force chevrons, including three different styles of Army chevrons. I can't make out what type of collar devices they are wearing. 

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A Great Shot of an Airman (Probably Air Police as he's wearing a Leather Pistol Belt) in the late-sh 50s early-sh 60s on guard duty with a Blue Snorkel Jacket armed with the M2 Carbine, looks like he is wearing a Sage Green Ridgway Cap as well, location unknown. What would this jacket be by the way

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President Kennedy arriving at Pope AFB, North Carolina in October 1961. Note the Chief Master Sergeant wearing the Combat Infantryman Badge.

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On 3/6/2021 at 9:13 PM, patches said:

An nice shot of an unidentified USAF Colonel circa 1966.

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easterneagle87

Current transition ike listed on Etsy (of course I took a screen shot, but forgot where I saved it to). 10th and 6th AF patches. 

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14 minutes ago, easterneagle87 said:

Current transition ike listed on Etsy (of course I took a screen shot, but forgot where I saved it to). 10th and 6th AF patches. 

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A real nice one, we can guess this guy served in the 6th AF in the war, and later afterwards in the 10th AF, 10th AF at the time Brookes Field Texas , Offutt Air Base Nebraska Texas Benjamin Harrison Air Base .Indiana. In te transitional uniform period the seem to have worn the combat patch and organizational ones in the familiar way starting at wars end, its after the new blue uniforms come out that they seem to wear the combat patch on the right shoulder, but sometime we do see the organizational ones there

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A Still from the 1960 Elvis movie GI Blues, we imagine most of the personal are real USAF Personal and not extras, not sure but this may be on location in West Germany, where? Looks like one of the Blue painted Air Force Jeeps there.

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These photos are from 1947, so they might technically predate the creation of the U.S. Air Force. However, they do show what the Air Force looked like at the very beginning. 

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August 1967. Brig. Gen. Louis T. Seith, left, Air Force Academy commandant of cadets, goes over ambush plan of attack with Army Maj. Hugh Socks, a Vietnam veteran, serving as technical adviser for cadets combat training. Note the pocket patch the general is wearing. 

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The photo caption says this is a group of Air Force enlisted personnel reaffirming their oaths of enlistment at Mitchell Air Force Base, New York in 1951. Note the female in front and at least one of the men in the rear appear to be wearing the gold cut out collar insignia while the rest are wearing solid collar insignia, althought the ones that appear to be cut out may just look that way because of the lighting.  

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easterneagle87

Picked up this photo yesterday. I dooooo luv  these Cold War photos! Check the shorts out! 

 

I passed this photo up in May, but couldn't resist yesterday.  B-47 , Bubba Boy! 

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Men of the Maryland Air National Guard 175th Tactical Fighter Group interestingly undertake riot training in 1967. See how they are armed with M2 Carbines at this time.

 

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1964 Captain Rabbi Nathan Landman the Air Force's Jewish Chaplain for France, Spain, and Libya, examines the traditional shofar and other High Holy Day religious equipment prior to taking off from Evreux-Fauville Air Base to Tripoli, Libya on the first leg of a 3,000 mile circuit in which he conducted eight Yom Kippur services at five bases before returning to Evreux to celebrate Yom Kippur there.

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