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    Air Force Unveils Football Uniform Honoring WWII Raid on Japan. Not Everyone Is Happy

    Air Force Unveils Football Uniform Honoring WWII Raid on Japan. Not Everyone Is Happy

    The Air Force Academy football team's to wear uniforms honoring the participants in an air attack on  during World War II has elicited positive and negative reactions.

    The Falcons will pay tribute to the Doolittle Raiders with alternate uniforms to be worn during their Oct. 21 game against Navy. That group of 80 pilots and crew, led by then-Lt. Col. James Doolittle, bombed targets in  and other military locations in Japan on April 18, 1942, as a response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor more than four months earlier.

    “Although the raid did only minor damage to the Japanese mainland, it did incalculable damage to Japanese morale,” read The Times' 1993 obituary of Doolittle. “More important, perhaps, it also boosted American spirits at a time when it was most needed.”

    In an emailed statement to The Times, the Air Force athletic department said a tribute to the Raiders seemed appropriate as it's part of its annual Air Legacy Series.

    “The APLS uniform is selected to honor historical moments of the Department of the Air Force and Army Air Corps and aircraft used during these moments,” the department said.

    “Our Association of Graduates organization is housed on our campus in a building named after General Doolittle (Doolittle Hall). The idea of doing something to honor the Raiders has always been in the plans.”

    The 2023 alternate uniforms include a chrome helmet with…

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