Discover more about the Air Force Association through testimonials on education, advocacy and support.
Latest from AFA
AFA Remembers Fallen Patriots on Memorial Day Many of the nation’s servicemen and women have given their lives in the name of freedom and liberty. From the American Revolution to today, our way of life would not be possible without their sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with those among us who have lost a family member or friend in service of our nation. Together, this Memorial Day, we remember the brave, and we devote ourselves to keep the flame of freedom alive for generations to come. Please take a moment to pause and reflect on those who served, those who gave all, and those who still serve in harm’s way. Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day.
Comcast Interviews Craig McKinley, AFA President, About Upcoming Air Force Association Cycling Classic
Comcast Newsmakers recently sat down with Craig McKinley, AFA President, to discuss the upcoming Air Force Association Cycling Classic. AFA will partner with Arlington Sports to host the annual 2013 Air Force Association Cycling Class on June 8-9 in Arlington, Va. The AFA Wounded Airman Program will be the sole official beneficiary and will receive a portion of the funds raised from the event. For more information on how to register, donate, or sign up as a volunteer, please visit
Saturday, May 18, 1968 -- In response to a massive flood, the Air Force airlifts 88.5 tons of food and other supplies to Ethiopia.
Wednesday, May 18, 1994 -- Northrop acquires Grumman to form Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Tuesday, May 19, 1908 -- Signal Corps Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge becomes the first soldier to fly a heavier-than-air machine.
Saturday, May 20, 1939 -- Regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic passenger and airmail service begins.
Saturday, May 21, 1927 -- The first solo nonstop transatlantic flight is completed by Charles A. Lindbergh in the Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis: New York to Paris in 33 hours, 32 minutes.
Friday, May 21, 1937 -- Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan leave from San Francisco in a Lockheed Electra on a round-the-world flight that ends on July 2, 1937, when they disappear in the Pacific.
Tuesday, May 22, 1906 -- After turning down two previous submissions, the US government issues the Wright brothers the first patent on their flying machine. "The Wright Stuff," Air Force Magazine, July 1987.
Page last updated:Friday, May 24, 2013 11:22:27 AM
AFA is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:
EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security. ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education. SUPPORT the total Air Force family, and promote aerospace education.