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The United States Air Force Academy

Located immediately north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Graduates of the four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

Air Force Academy Chapel

Historical Highlights

1947 The National Security Act provided for the establishment of a separate Air Force.

April 1, 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill authorizing establishment of the Academy.

July 1955 The first class met in temporary facilities at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver.

June 27, 1958 The Academy's fourth (freshman) class entered, marking the first time in Academy history that four complete classes were enrolled.
August 1958
The Cadet Wing moved into its permanent home.

Air Force Academy cadets

June 3, 1959 The first class of 207 graduated.

June 28, 1976 The first class with women entered the Academy.

May 1980 The first women graduated from the Academy.


More than 37,800 cadets have graduated in 46 classes.

Approximately 38 percent of those commissioned in the Air Force are still on active duty.

351 graduates have been commissioned by other services -- 124 by the Marine Corps, 113 by the Navy, and 114 by the Army.

292 international cadets have entered the Academy, 223 of which have graduated.

16 cadets have graduated posthumously.

164 graduates have been killed in combat.

36 graduates are repatriated prisoners of war.

2 graduates became combat aces.

The official website of the Air Force Academy is

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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