One of the Sounds of Freedom

F-16- Nicholas A Price.Copyright C 2005-2006  All rights reservedThere’s nothing quite like the sound of a fighter aircraft, overhead.

It can be thrilling — at an airshow, for example.

It can also be reassuring — the way it was, for many, in the early morning hours over the Washington, D.C. area for months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Library of Congress has acquired a series of 60 spectacular photographs taken by master photographer Nicholas A. Price on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the United States Air Force.  This collection of large-format black-and-white prints, from a National Museum of the U.S. Air Force exhibition titled “Cleared Hot! An Exclusive and Personal Photographic Journey into the U. S. Air Force” will be available to researchers in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division.

The phrase “cleared hot” is an Air Force go-ahead to engage a target, or complete an action or mission.

Price took more than 8,000 photographs between 2005 and 2007 at two Air Force bases in Nevada — Creech in Indian Springs and Nellis in North Las Vegas.  He said he wanted to show the human face of the modern Air Force, particularly its diversity and its “unsung heroes, the men and women who do what no one hears about” such as securing the base, providing ground-combat forces, bringing new technologies to bear or caring for military folk and their equipment.

“The 60 photographs create a valuable visual story for understanding the hard work and deep commitment of today’s military,” said Helena Zinkham, acting chief of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. “This compelling photographic essay, created to honor the men and women of the Air Force, enriches the Library’s collections by providing a contemporary counterpart to our historic resources.”

5 Comments

  1. img
    September 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    thanks to all air force

  2. Joel
    September 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Why don’t you skip all the fluff and bull and just give us an exact link to the photos, and spare us all your verbiage.

    Where the heck are the photos?

  3. Todd C. Nadrich
    September 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    My son, Maj. Todd C. Nadrich , III trained at these bases and served his country well. God Bless You.
    Todd C. Nadrich

  4. Matt Raymond
    September 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Play nice, Joel.

    We posted the photo we were allowed to post because the photos are under copyright restrictions. Given that the Library is home to the U.S. Copyright Office, we’re particularly sensitive to that.

    All the photos can be seen in person in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division.

  5. Adam
    October 2, 2009 at 10:17 am

    You mean we have to be there in person to see these photos? What kind of access is that? Isn’t this the digital age?

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.