One hundred years ago, in 1917, the United States formed an Air Service as part of what was then called the American Expeditionary Force. Created to aid in battle during World War I, it became the first significant U.S. air combat force. Thirty years later, with the enactment of the National Security Act on September 18, 1947, the United States Air Force became a separate branch of the United States military. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this event, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Maxwell Air Force will present a selection of works of art from the collection of the U.S. Air Force.
Over 40 paintings were on view, reflecting the beginning of the Air Service—with images that depict the involvement of the Wright Brothers in Montgomery—and the subsequent development and growth of the U.S. Air Force. Through portraits of influential airpower leaders, renderings of various aircraft, and images of airmen in action, this exhibition provides insight into the history of the United States Air Force from World War I to the present.
Above: Photograph of the 2017 installation of the exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
This exhibition provides insight into the history of the United States Air Force from World War I to the present.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, in partnership with Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery.
Support for this exhibition was provided by corporate sponsors Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC and Aronov Realty with additional support provided by co-sponsors Aldridge Borden and Company.