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 airpower.


In 2021 The Friends celebrate the 100th anniversary of two pivotal events in the history of airpower.

Billy Mitchell, “the father of the Air Force,” sinks the battleship Ostfriesland.

Giulio Douhet, “the father of airpower,” publishes The Command of the Air.

Learn more about Douhet and Mitchell. Download The Command of the Air and see the Academy’s original signed edition. See photos and film of the sinking of the Ostfriesland.

Please visit Supporting The Friends to see how you can join us in service to the Academy’s McDermott Library.

Learn how to become a Research Fellow in the McDermott Library.

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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 – Currently Being Updated

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