Eighth Air Force
Eighth Air Force supports U.S. Joint Forces Command, and is designated as U.S. Strategic Command's Task Force 204, providing on-alert, combat-ready forces to the president. The mission of "The Mighty Eighth" is to safeguard America's interests through strategic deterrence and global combat power. Eighth Air Force controls long-range nuclear-capable bomber assets throughout the United States and overseas locations. Its flexible, conventional and nuclear deterrence mission provides the capability to deploy forces and engage enemy threats from home station or forward positioned, anywhere, any time. The 8th Air Force motto is "Deterrence through strength, global strike on demand."
- The Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing is a traditional associate unit of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, flying the B-2 Spirit. If federalized, it is gained by Eighth Air Force.
- The Air Force Reserve 307th Bomb Wing is a traditional associate unit of the 2d Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, flying the B-52 Stratofortress. If activated, it is gained by Eighth Air Force
The B-2 Spirit is a long-range nuclear and conventional stealthy bomber. The bomber can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes that can reach 50,000 feet. Its unrefueled range is at least 6,000 nautical miles. The B-2 brings massive firepower, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through the most challenging defenses.
The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, nuclear and conventional heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes reaching 50,000 feet. It has an unrefueled combat range in excess of 8,800 miles. It can carry precision-guided ordnance with worldwide precision navigation.
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... The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Pooler, Georgia, in the western suburbs of Savannah ... materials, and stories, most of which are dedicated to the history of the Eighth Air Force during World War II ...
... was not reappointed as commander of General Headquarters Air Force when his term expired on 1 March 1939 ... he was reduced in rank to colonel (his "permanent rank") and assigned as air officer of the Eighth Corps Area in San Antonio, Texas ... Continuing his career after the war in the United States Air Force, he died in the crash of his B-26 in Oregon in April 1949 ...
... April 13 The Eighth Air Force's largest mission to date (115 B-17s) destroys half of the Focke-Wulf factory buildings in Bremen June 13 The heaviest ... July 29 First use of unguided air-to-air rockets against American combat box formations of heavy bombers by JG 1 Oesau and JG 11, attacking with Bf 109Gs and Fw 190As each armed with ... August 13 The first Ninth Air Force raid on Austria bombed the Wiener Neustadt Bf 109 factory November 2 The USAAF 12th Air Force conducted the first large Allied ...
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