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Here is the Air Force’s video for its 71st birthday

Aircraft from the 23rd Wing conducted a surge exercise May 22, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Sprunk)
September 18, 2018

The United States Air Force celebrated its 71st birthday on Tuesday.

“Today we celebrate 71 years as the world’s greatest airpower,” the branch tweeted, along with a video of the Air Force’s history, which can be seen here:

President Donald Trump re-tweeted the video and said, “Happy 71st Birthday to our GREAT United States Air Force.”

The Defense Department tweeted out a celebratory message to the branch on its birthday.

“Today marks 71 years of [Air Force] strength in the skies,” the department wrote.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan also tweeted about the anniversary.

“#OTD [On This Day] in ’47 Pres. Truman established the Air Force as an independent service, equal 2 the @USArmy & @USNavy. The value of #AirPower has been demonstrated ever since. Today, our #airmen provide the U.S. with dominance in the sky. Happy 71st birthday, @usairforce,” he wrote.

The U.S. Army also weighed in.

“Join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to our brothers and sisters in the @usairforce. The Air Force was recognized as its own military branch after separating from the #USArmy in 1947,” it wrote on Twitter.

“In 1947, our Air Force faced a rapidly changing world,” the Pentagon said in a media release. “Leaders like Hap Arnold and Carl Spaatz set a clear vision that helped grow the Air Force of the future. Now, we face a similar challenge as we build the Air Force we need to overcome today’s threats. Our heritage of success is based on the innovation of intrepid warriors, made possible by our diverse group of professional, dedicated, and heroic Airmen.”

“We stand on the shoulders of the pioneers who came before us. Your dedication and commitment honors their legacy and ensures we remain the best Air Force the world has ever seen. As we acknowledge the past and recognize our accomplishments, we must continue to push higher, faster and further,” it added.