As a member of the Air Force I regularly think about those that went before and left an amazing legacy for me and my contemporaries to follow. They went up against incredible odds flying aircraft that went from inception to production in months, not the decades we see now. On top of that they were actively engaged in conflicts where they were just as likely to die as to come back home.
One of my favorite activities is to listen to the stories of these great aviators who paved the way for the rest of us. They have stories of courage and strength that my generation can’t begin to comprehend.
For a long time I have thought about how I could possibly honor them, or at the very least ensure that their memory is not lost. There are thousands of these great men and women out there, and every day we lose more of them, and unfortunately many of their stories are lost with them.
I haven’t yet determined exactly how I will do it, but my goal is to archive as much of this history as possible in one place online so that others may be inspired by their story. I want to collect stories, pictures, videos, anything that adds to the legacy of these amazing aviators.
I really want to collect the history of aviators from all of the major conflicts, as well as the minor ones. I realize many of these great men and women have already died, but I am hoping their family or friends will be able to share their stories as well. I want to collect as much information as possible including campaigns, battles, awards earned, and the other people that were there.
If you have something to contribute, I would love to hear about it in the comments with some way to contact you to collect more information. The level of content I want to collect will take a lot more than a short comment, but it is at least a start. I would also love to hear ideas of how I can make this venture successful so that we save as much of this history as possible.
Every single one of these people deserve to have their stories preserved. It is not just the famous people who made a difference, but all of them. Please help me to ensure their memory is never forgotten.