Defense Salutations to all Airmen on Air Force Day Recoil Staff August 1, 2013 Join the Conversation “I remind all of our citizens that the air power of the nation is essential to the preservation of our liberty, and that the continued development of the science of air transportation is vital to the trade and commerce of a peaceful world.” President Harry S. Truman President Truman ordered the establishment and celebration of the first Air Force Day on August 1, 1947 to recognize “…the personnel of the victorious Army Air Forces and all those who have developed and maintained our nation's air strength.” It was originally celebrated by the (then) US Army Air Forces and not the USAF. The date was chosen to echo the date of the establishment of the “Aeronautical Division in the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the Army”, which occurred in 1907. Salutations to all in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard today. Explore RECOILweb:Unusual Suspects: Upswept BladesBaby Barrel Creedmoor - Study of a Short(er) 6.5 Creedmoor RifleA Day with Sig SauerGoing black - hiding in plain sight NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.