Air Force Materiel Command Office Of History

Welcome to the Air Force Materiel Command Office of History. 

History Museum Program LogoOUR MISSION

The mission of HQ Air Force Materiel Command History Office is to operationalize history, weaponize the archives, bring context to the discussion, and inspire and educate.


  • To be the force multiplier to all AFMC operations.

  • To build an agile Air Force Materiel Command History Program into the recognized, best-in-class history organization within the United States Air Force History & Museum Program and actively seek ways to help the commander tell the story of Air Force Materiel Command’s delivery and support of agile, war-winning capabilities.

  • To capture and keep the institutional knowledge of the Air Force Materiel Command.

  • To establish and remain an operationally integrated force for wartime and contingency operations.

  • To advance knowledge of Air Force Materiel Command history, heritage, and leadership challenges through research, analysis, writing, interpretation, service, and products.

  • To inspire Airmen with heritage and enhance continuous organizational learning across the entire AFMC enterprise with improved integration and outreach.

AFMC History in Brief

Air Force Materiel Command  traces its heritage to 1917 at McCook Field, a World War I-era, experimental engineering facility in Dayton, Ohio. With the creation of the U.S. Air Service in 1918, the organization became known as the Engineering Division and was expanded to include responsibility for the Air Corps' logistics system. It was redesignated the Air Corps Materiel Division in 1926. As the largest branch of the Air Corps, the Materiel Division was responsible for all aircraft and equipment research, development, procurement, maintenance, supply and flight tests.

The research, development and logistics functions were separated during World War II. However, they were subsequently reunited for several years during the late 1940s under the Air Materiel Command and structured around the strengths of technological superiority and worldwide logistics support. In 1950, the Air Research and Development Command was broken out as a separate organization devoted strictly to research and development. In 1961, Air Materiel Command was redesignated Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC), while the Air Research and Development Command gained the added responsibility for weapon system acquisition and was redesignated Air Force Systems Command (AFSC).

On July 1, 1992, AFLC and AFSC combined to form Air Force Materiel Command, a single, streamlined organization with an expanded mission. The new command built upon AFLC's expertise in providing worldwide logistics support -- including maintenance, modification and overhaul of weapon systems -- and AFSC's expertise in science, technology, research, development and testing.

The new AFMC has tremendous resources and responsibilities, directly controlling about 33 percent of the Air Force's budget. AFMC supports nine host bases and runs the Air Force's medical and test pilot schools. As with any outstanding organization, AFMC's most important resource is its people, a world-class work force with about 87,000 Air Force experts in matters ranging from the research laboratory to the flight line.

Today, AFMC remains committed to helping ensure the continued dominance of the United States Air Force in air, space and cyberspace.

History Articles

  • Flashback: Lockheed NF-104A Aerospace Trainer

    ­In October 1961, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base received the new designation of Aerospace Research Pilot School (ARPS) which reflected the increasing role relative to manned spaceflight. Recognizing early that a need for a vehicle to give students a realistic

  • The Summer Before 9/11

    This September marks 20 years since our nation came under attack. Most people can vividly remember where they were on 9/11 and repeat that event in full detail; however, when you ask them what the nation, or the Air Force, looked like in the summer before 9/11, they struggle to find a memory.

  • A Look Back…Recoverable Rocket Boosters--A Future That Never Was

    The idea of making flight into space as routine as atmospheric flight has been around since the 1930’s when Eugen Sänger first published detailed information about his ideas for a suborbital, winged vehicle, capable of delivering a payload halfway around the world using a skip-glide technique that

  • A look back at...the War in Korea: A glimpse behind the scenes

    Barely five years had passed since the end of World War II, when war-weary America began sending troops and supplies to the Far East in order to defend the Korean peninsula from a Communist invasion.  On June 25, 1950, approximately 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army crossed the

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