Welcome to the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library web site. Our mission is to enhance the quality of the Academy’s McDermott Library, enabling it to acquire materials, pursue projects, and broaden its scope and activities beyond those made possible by Air Force allocated funds.

We invite you to explore our site, learning about our activities and viewing the contents of some databases and collections that provide insight into the contributions of Academy graduates and the evolution of manned flight and military air power.

Raise a glass with The Friends at the annual luncheon on May 5th, 2020 to toast Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raiders.

Jimmy Doolittle on USS Hornet Bound for Japan 1942

This spring marks one year since the passing of the last of the Raiders (Dick Cole, Doolittle’s co-pilot died on April 9, 2019) and 78 years since the Raiders’ heroic flight.

On April 18, 1942, only four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Doolittle led 16 B-25s from the deck of the Hornet on an audacious one-way mission to Tokyo. All 16 planes were lost, but 14 crews survived. The Academy’s Association of Graduates named their building after him, and the Class of 2000 chose him as their exemplar.

Luncheon details coming soon. Meanwhile, check out The Friends’ online collection of over 250 Doolittle photos.

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Air Force Academy Heritage, The Early Years 
George V. Fagan, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret)

Featured Work

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The Genesis of Flight (Richard Gimbel Collection)

The Genesis of Flight (Richard Gimbel Collection)

Pat Pateman (WASP Collection)

Pat Pateman (WASP Collection)

 

 

 

Drone Attack Reported in Stars and Stripes

Drone Attack Reported in Stars and Stripes

 

 

Reade Tilley (Eagle Squadron Collection)

Reade Tilley (Eagle Squadron Collection)

Graduate Commemoration

Graduate Commemoration

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