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As the original name already suggested, the service started out as a branch of the US Army, but was by the time of [[World War II]] already a full-fledged, de facto independently operating military service on its own. In order to reflect this, and just two months after the events depicted in "Little Green Men", the service was again renamed to "United States Air Force" (USAF, and singular to emphasize its separate status) on 18 September 1947, which is the name it still holds to date.
 
As the original name already suggested, the service started out as a branch of the US Army, but was by the time of [[World War II]] already a full-fledged, de facto independently operating military service on its own. In order to reflect this, and just two months after the events depicted in "Little Green Men", the service was again renamed to "United States Air Force" (USAF, and singular to emphasize its separate status) on 18 September 1947, which is the name it still holds to date.
   
The two badges seen in the 2009 film ''Star Trek'' have been identified as having belonged to the World War II-era {{w|Twelfth Air Force|12th USAAF}} and {{w|Eighth Air Force|8th USAAF}} respectively. {{eas|database/nasa_references.htm}}
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The two badges seen in the 2009 film ''Star Trek'' have been identified as having belonged to the World War II-era {{w|Twelfth Air Force|12th USAAF}} and {{w|Eighth Air Force|8th USAAF}} respectively. {{eas|database/nasa_references.htm#stxi}}
   
 
Real world ''Star Trek'' affiliated USAAF enlistees included Creator [[Gene Roddenberry]] and Art Director [[Matt Jefferies]], both serving as bomber pilots during World War II with Roddenberry serving in the Pacific Ocean theater, whereas Jefferies flew over North-Africa and southern Europe.
 
Real world ''Star Trek'' affiliated USAAF enlistees included Creator [[Gene Roddenberry]] and Art Director [[Matt Jefferies]], both serving as bomber pilots during World War II with Roddenberry serving in the Pacific Ocean theater, whereas Jefferies flew over North-Africa and southern Europe.
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