Friends History Timeline          (Page Under Construction)

1987


February 10, 1987

The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library is chartered in Colorado.

 

June 2, 1987

The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) corporation.

1988


November 11, 1988

The Friends first annual meeting, featuring guest speaker Mr. Henry Soderberg of Stockholm, Sweden. Among his many achievements, Mr. Soderberg served with the International YMCA in Germany, servicing allied prisoner of war camps in Eastern Europe during World War II.

1989


May 19, 1989

The Friends annual luncheon meeting, featuring guest speaker Lt Col Yvonne C. Pateman, USAF (Ret) and member of the WASP (Women's Airforce Service Pilots).

 

September 1989

Through the efforts of The Friends, the Academy library is designated as the official repository for the records of members of the Eagle Squadrons of World War II.

 

November 30, 1989

The El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs approves a grant of $25,000 for the preservation of prints, documents, and other items in the Colonel Richard Gimbel Aeronautical History Collection.

1990


May 1990

Retired Colonel Robert S. Lawson, one of the original Academy Liason Officers, donates to the Friends a one-thousand volume collection of books and other materials collected by his brother Norman, relating to Franklin D. Roosevelt .

 

July 25, 1990

The Friends annual luncheon meeting, featuring George Fagan, who gave a biographical sketch of Richard Gimbel and how he amassed his famous aeronautical collection.

 

October 1990

The Boettcher Foundation of Denver approves a grant of $23,000 to remat and encase rare, antique prints of the Gimbel Collections.

1991


August 16, 1991

The Friends annual luncheon meeting featuring guest speaker Lt. General Bradley C. Hosmer, USAFA Superintendent.

 

1991

The Friends partners with the Falcon Foundation to preserve the quality of the 207 oral history tapes developed by Air Force Historian, Dr. Murray Green, for his research of the career of General H. H. Arnold.

1992


1992

The Friends offers a new memorial program to honor individuals, groups (such as air crews and other combat units), or organizations through their contributions.

1993


May 6, 1993

The Friends annual luncheon meeting, featuring speaker retired Brigadier General Philip D. Caine, author of the book Eagles of the RAF.

1994


May 13, 1994

The Friends annual luncheon meeting, featuring Brigadier General Patrick K. Gamble, USAFA’s Commandant of Cadets.

1995


March 17, 1995

The Friends hosts their first exhibit, highlighting photos, flight logs, memoirs, books, and artifacts from the Eagle Squadrons’ Collection.

 

May 5, 1995

The Friends annual luncheon meeting, featuring speaker Brigadier General Ruben Cubero, Dean of Faculty

 

 

1996


March 15, 1996

The Friends hosts their second Annual Lecture and Exhibit, featuring the Benjamin Steele collection, who served in the Army during World War II, endured the Bataan Death March and a Japanese prisoner of war camp as a slave laborer.

1997


April 25, 1997

The Friends opens their annual exhibit, this year depicting the history of Stalag Luft III, with a presentation by historian Arthur Durand, author of Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story.

 

December 4, 1997

Friends Annual Board Meeting at Doolittle Hall

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2000


October 1, 2000

The Friends received the first copies of The Genesis of Flight.

 

 

 

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2005


May 19, 2005

The Friends annual luncheon meeting, featuring guest speaker Dean of the Faculty, Brigadier General Dana H. Born.

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2010


May 11, 2010

The Friends annual luncheon meeting featuring guest speaker Lieutenant General Mike Gould, USAFA Superintendent.

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2012


 

 

 

 

 

2013


May 22, 2013

The Friends annual luncheon meeting featuring guest speaker Colonel Martin France, Permanent Professor and Head of the Academy Department of Astronautics.

2014


February 2014

The Friends makes The Genesis of Flight available online.

 

May 21, 2014

The Friends annual luncheon meeting featuring guest speaker USAFA Superintendent, Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson.

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2017


May 9, 2017

The Friends annual luncheon featuring guest speaker NASA astronaut Susan Helms, Lieutenant General (USAF, Ret.).

 

 

 

2018


May 11, 2018

The Friends annual luncheon featuring guest speaker Lieutenant General Jay Silveria, USAFA Superintendent.

 

 

 

2019


 

 

 

 

 

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