Pictures: Air Drive Will Tackle Navy in Particular Doolittle Raider Uniforms

When Air Drive takes on Navy for his or her annual soccer matchup on Oct. 21 in Annapolis, Md., the Falcons will likely be clad in particular uniforms commemorating the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, a seminal second in airpower historical past. 

The U.S. Air Drive Academy’s particular alternate uniforms, unveiled Aug. 15 as a part of USAFA’s annual “Air Energy Legacy Sequence,” characteristic design parts impressed by the daring 1942 mission by which 16 B-25 bombers, underneath the command of Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, flew some 750 miles from an plane service within the Pacific, delivering the primary retaliatory strike on the Japanese homeland because the Dec. 7, 1941, assault on Pearl Harbor 132 days earlier. 

Doolittle initially thought-about the raid one thing lower than success. Whereas the assault brought on some harm and demonstrated Japan was not past attain of U.S. airpower, all 16 bombers had been misplaced, and 7 of his Airmen died or had been executed after being captured. 4 others spent the length of the battle as POWs. However the mission proved to be a significant morale increase to the American public.

Doolittle was awarded the Medal of Honor for planning and main the strike, and the “Doolittle Raiders” grew to become giants within the historical past of the U.S. Military Air Forces and the eventual U.S. Air Drive. The brand new B-21 bomber was nicknamed “Raider” of their honor, and the final of the Raiders died in 2019.

The particular uniforms characteristic a B-25 bomber on one facet of its chrome-colored helmets, and the Doolittle Raiders patch on the opposite. The patch contains heraldry from the seventeenth Bombardment Group and the thirty fourth, thirty seventh, 89th, and ninety fifth squadrons, and that includes the French phrase “Toujours au Hazard”—“Ever into Peril.”

Gamers will likely be in white, with “Air Drive” emblazoned throughout and gamers numbers numbers stenciled in a steel-and-rivet design. A patch signifying the tail variety of one of many collaborating plane—gamers will sport totally different tail numbers—will likely be worn on every participant’s chest, and the Raiders patch will likely be afixed to the shoulders.  

Toujours au Hazard” will likely be reprised on one pants leg, whereas “Ever into Peril” will likely be on the opposite. 

“The Doolittle Raiders aren’t simply Air Drive heroes, however American heroes,” mentioned Dr. Patrick Donley, Director of the Doolittle Management Middle on the the Air & Area Forces Affiliation and a 1991 USAFA graduate. “The Air Drive-Navy sport can be a perfect discussion board to spotlight the Doolittle Raid. First, it was a fantastic, early instance of profitable joint warfare, requiring large cooperation and trust-building between the Military Air Corps and the Navy. And second, the raid demonstrated boldness, braveness, and innovation—traits which might be very important for Airmen, Guardians and, actually, your complete joint power at present. Lastly, the Raiders put their lives on the road to meet their obligation, a exceptional and fearless demonstration of sacrificial, selfless management.”

Doolittle is carefully tied to AFA’s personal historical past, Donley added. He was AFA’s first president, and images of him and of his Raiders in motion nonetheless adorn the partitions of AFA’s headquarters at present. AFA’s Doolittle Management Middle supplies hands-on management coaching for Airmen, Guardians, and civilians in any respect ranges.

This marks the eighth “Air Energy Legacy Sequence” uniform USAFA has unveiled because the program began in 2016. The uniforms have commemorated the whole lot from the Area Drive to the Tuskegee Airmen, with s nod to Operation Linebacker II from the Vietnam Struggle in between. 

  • 2022: Area Drive 
  • 2021: B-52 Stratofortress and Operation Linebacker II 
  • 2020: Tuskegee Airmen 
  • 2019: C-17 Globemaster III 
  • 2018: AC-130 Spooky 
  • 2017: F-35 Lightning II 
  • 2016: Tiger Shark Enamel nostril artwork

Military and Navy have additionally sported quite a few alternate uniforms up to now decade, commemorating memorable operations, campaigns, models, and extra.