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Air Force Week New York City honors Tri-state history

Posted 8/17/2012   Updated 8/17/2012 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 060812

8/17/2012 - NEW YORK -- Showcasing America's Airmen in New York City

The Air Force has a rich history in the Tri-state area. As Aug 19-21 is "Air Force Week," the following historical snippets may add some local flavor to any potential coverage.

James "Jimmy" Doolittle
One of the most famous pilots of the 1920s, General James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle, USAF (Dec. 14, 1896 - September 27, 1993), was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. Before his military career, Doolittle flew Curtiss aircraft built in Garden City. He lived on Mitchell Field (Long Island, NY) while testing Curtiss Aircraft and working with the Guggenheim aeronautical laboratory. His most significant contribution to aviation happened on Long Island in 1929, where he accomplished the world's first 'blind flight' (meaning he blacked out the windows and flew on only instrument panel readings). This historic achievement led to the development of safer aircraft that could now fly at night and in bad weather. As part of his military career, he led the attack on Tokyo in 1942 and won the Medal of Honor.

106th Rescue Wing - Long Island, New York
The 106th Rescue Wing deploys worldwide to provide combat search and rescue coverage for U.S. and allied forces. They are a World-Class Team of diverse, adaptable personnel recovery focused war fighters. The mission is to provide worldwide Personnel Recovery, Combat Search and Rescue Capability, Expeditionary Combat Support, and Civil Search and Rescue support to Federal and State authorities. They provide Personnel Recovery to the state of New York and deployed operations that we are tasked to support.

105th Airlift Wing - Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York
Stewart Air National Guard Base was named the as the U.S. Air Force's preferred choice for a C-17 mission pending in 2011. In March 10, 2011 Air Force officials announced that the 105th Airlift Wing had been chosen as the final basing decision for 8 C-17 Globemaster III's. The initial C-17 assigned to Stewart ANGB, tail number 50105, arrived on July 18, 2011.The 105AW C-17 Rollout ceremony was held Aug. 6, 2011.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakhurst, New Jersey
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is home to the 87th Air Base Wing, which provides installation management support for 3,933 facilities with an approximate value of $9.3 billion in physical infrastructure. More than 44,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians and their family members living and working on and around JB MDL contribute to the economic impact for the state of New Jersey.

Air Force Week is a program endorsed by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force that provides the opportunity to show and tell civic leaders, opinion leaders and the general public what we do, while at the same time, demonstrating our gratitude to the communities which support the Air Force by engaging in events what help give back to the community.

Air Force Week provides the opportunity for the Air Force to reach out to the public where there is little Air Force presence. The week aims to increase awareness, understanding, and support for the accomplishments, performance, and sacrifices of our Airmen; the Air Force's and Airmen's role in the community; the Air Force's gratitude for community support; and those U.S. veterans continue to need community support.

For further up-to-date information and a list of other events, check out the Air Force Week website, , visit us on Facebook at or follow us @AirForceNYC and #AFWeek on Twitter.

Media interested in covering any events should contact 212-784-0147 or email

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