Air Force Medical Service Photos

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Airman 3rd Class Warren Beatty in a “flying lung” aboard a 374th Troop Carrier Wing C-54 Skymaster, cared for by 1st Lt. Shirley C. Warren, a flight nurse, and Staff Sgt. Lawrence Kiger, a medical technician, en route from Korea to Japan, July 23, 1953. Beatty, stricken with a lung ailment while stationed at Inchon Harbor, Korea, was the first iron lung patient to receive an airlift from the Korean theater. (Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration)
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The “flying lung” designed at the U.S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine in 1952. A flight nurse adjusts and prepares to disconnect the battery used during transport from the hospital to the aircraft, January 29, 1953. Once aboard, the pressure pump plugged directly into the plane’s electrical system to power the flying lung during flight. (Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration)
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Maj. Steven Pirie, a Canadian Armed Forces nurse assigned to a Joint Theater Trauma System Team at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, prepares to depart the base to deliver point-of-injury training to medics in the field. Pirie served with Air Force medics, helping coordinate care across coalition forces.  (Courtesy photo)
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U.S. Army Air Forces nurses make their way down the ramp of their Landing Craft Infantry amphibious assault ship on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, Italy in 1943. The 34th Station Hospital on the island became the first Army Air Forces hospital truly attached to an Army Air Forces unit. (National Archives)
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Billowing smoke covers bomb-blasted Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, Italy, where the Allies dropped 6,202 tons of bombs for more than a month in 1943. (National Archives)
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Aero Medical Laboratory, Medical Research Laboratory, Hazelhurst Field, N.Y (Courtesy photo)
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General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, congratulates chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, Lt. Col. Verena Zeller (center), and chief of the Air Force Women’s Medical Specialists, Lt. Col. Miriam Perry (right), upon their promotion. (Courtesy photo)
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Capt. Verena Zeller, first chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps. Zeller assumed her chief duties in 1949 while still a captain, and achieved the rank of colonel in just two years. (Courtesy photo)
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Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day is a time to honor members and reflect on the long-lasting partnership between ANZAC and the Air Force Medical Service, which reaches back to the Korean war when ANZAC and AFMS members worked together as allies. Pictured above, Australian flight nurse Nathalie Oldham, on temporary duty with the U.S. Air Force Medical Service, checks on her American patients before departing Korea for American hospitals in Japan. Oldham, with the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service, served with the AFMS for several months during the summer of 1952. During that time she observed many differences between the services, such as, unlike American flight nurses, the Australians did not receive flight pay and were not allowed to eat in the officer's mess. Oldham was also impressed with the Americans' larger medical aircraft and abundance of supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Bellack, an aeromedical evacuation technician with the 514th Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) Squadron, puts on his mission oriented protective posture gear during a joint training mission on a C-17 Globemaster III. As AE capabilities continue to evolve, teams continue to train to maintain their skills and be prepared for more challenging patient evacuations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
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B-17 Flying Fortress radio operator Sgt. James Bothwell, smiles as he displays the back of the flak jacket that saved his life over Germany. He sustained only minor injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Brig. Gen. Malcolm C. Grow (left), designer of protective equipment for combat fliers, and Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson (right) look over a modified vest and new helmet worn by Staff Sgt. Ambrous T. Hansen (center), a gunner on a B-24 Liberator. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Astronaut Yvonne D. Cagle, a retired U.S. Air Force flight surgeon. (Photo courtesy of U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
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Members of the U.S. Army Flight Nurse Corps in 1943, displaying the various types of Army Nurse Corps uniforms. From left to right, 2nd Lt. Wilma Vinsant, in regulation blue winter uniform, Army Nurse Corps; 2nd Lt. Edith M. Roe; 2nd Lt. Ethel Guffey; 2nd Lt. Jane Orme, winter flying suit and 2nd Lt. Adela Besse, the gray flying suit with slacks. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives)
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U.S. Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Geraldine L. Curtis; 2nd Lt. Geraldine F. Dishroon, and 2nd Lt. Irene McMullen, getting into their winter flying suits for a training flight in 1943. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives)
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Brig. Gen. David N.W. Grant, Air Surgeon of the Army Air Forces, pins the wings on the blouse of 2nd Lt. Geraldine F. Dishroon, honor graduate of the flight nurse’s school at Bowman Field, Kentucky, during the school’s first formal flight nurse graduation on Feb. 18, 1943.  Brig. Gen. Fred S. Borum, Commanding General, 1st Troop Carrier Command, is in the center. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives)
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