The History of Wild Blue Yonder



Wild Blue Yonder is the official song of the United States Air Force.

The song was originally titled as “Army Air Corps”. Robert MacArthur Crawford wrote the lyrics and the music in 1938.
During World War II, the service was renamed “Army Air Force” and the song title changed to agree.

In 1947, when the Air Force became a separate service, the song became the “Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force Song)”.

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I think it would be very interesting and fun if I posted the lyrics to the song. The lyrics, if you read them, are very inspiring, (and the tune is very catchy).

Here they are :

Wild Blue Yonder (The Air Force Song) Lyrics

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high, into the sun,
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At ’em boys, Give’er the gun! (Give’er the gun now!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one heckuva roar!
We live in fame, or go down in flame,
Hey! Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder,
Sent it high into the blue,
Hands of men blasted the world asunder,
How they lived God only knew!
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer,
Gave us wings ever so soar,
With scouts before and bombers galore, Hey!
Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Here’s a roast to the host of those
Who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message,
Of his brother men who fly,
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar,
To score the rainbow’s pot of gold,
A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force


Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true,
If you’d live to be a grey haired wonder,
Keep your nose out of the blue! (Out of the blue, boy!)
Flying men, guarding the nation’s border,
We’ll be there, followed by more,
In echelon we carry on, Hey!
Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!