At the urging of members of the Executive Committee of The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library, Brigadier General George V. Fagan, USAF, Ret. authorized The Friends to republish segments of his history, The Air Force Academy: An Illustrated History (1988). As a member of the original cadre, permanent professor of the Academy’s Department of History, and director of the Academy Libraries, General Fagan gained a unique perspective as he witnessed the evolution of the fledgling Academy from its temporary home at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver to a position of national prominence at its permanent site near Colorado Springs. In addition to his own personal recollections, General Fagan researched extensive series of official documents, oral histories, and photographs, which are housed within the Academy Library. He has produced a comprehensive scholarly history of the genesis of the Academy and the first ten years of its operation. This benchmark history will serve to acquaint cadets, faculty and staff, and members of the public with the rich heritage of the Air Force Academy.