Did you know that at the end of fiscal year 1946 (June 30, 1946) there was only one federally recognized flying squadron in the organization that officially became the Air National Guard (ANG) in September 1947? Were you aware that National Guardsmen served as aviators in every major conflict since World War I and that Air Guardsmen have flown almost every major aircraft in the Air Force's inventory since it became a separate military. These and other objective aspects of the Air Guard's rich history are highlighted in the reference portion of the "History" section of the ANG's public web site.
CHARLES J. GROSS, PhD
Chief, Air National Guard History