When the United States Army created its first ""aero school"" at College Park, Maryland, in 1911, it unwittingly sowed the seeds of a separate Air Force of the future. And when that bifurcation of services came about in 1947, the new Air Force's need for an equivalent to Annapolis and West Point became fully apparent. Not until 1958 however was the Air Force Academy a reality. This book reveals how the $79,527,000 campus located on 17,800 acres just north of Colorado Springs, came about. Academy curriculum is examined in detail, as are the stringent methods of choosing cadets, the austere life they lead, and the future they can expect---duty with SAC, Air Defense Command, or Tactical Air Command--upon graduation and further flight training. There is little of the colorful in this book. It is rather a very informative primer for Air Force fans---and for those star-struck young men who would like to be Air Force Academy Cadets.