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Members from Team Seymour and other distinguished visitors attend the 4th Fighter Wing 75th Anniversary Gala, Sept. 16, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Some distinguished visitors included former 4 FW commanders, Brig. Gen. Mark Slocum, United States Air Forces in Europe-United Kingdom director, and Gen. Mike Holmes, Air Combat Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton) 4 FW celebrates 75 years of airpower, tradition
As the youngest branch of the Armed Forces, the U.S. Air Force, celebrated its 70th birthday, the 4th Fighter Wing celebrated its 75th anniversary with a weekend of celebratory events and ceremonies. The 4th Fighter Group was activated Sept. 29, 1942 in Debden, England during World War II. The Eagle Squadrons consisted of American volunteers, until the 4th FG became part of the Army Air Corps and drafted members. The wing hosted a 50-year-old time capsule ceremony, a base tour, the Battle of Britain ceremony, unveiled a heritage aircraft paint scheme on an F-15E Strike Eagle and a formal gala to honor the milestone and achievements throughout its 75-year history.
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Pianos burn in a fire to honor the lives lost during the Battle of Britain in World War II, Sept. 15, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Pianos burned during Battle of Britain celebration
The 4th Fighter Wing celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The wing is able to trace its roots back to World War II, when seven American pilots volunteered to fight alongside the Royal Air Force and defend Europe against the German Luftwaffe. Annually, the 4 FW honors the volunteer pilots and the RAF during a Battle of Britain celebration and piano burning event. There are many stories as to how the piano burning tradition began.
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