At the base of the Rocky Mountains a new military academy was being planned, and the United States Air Force Academy needed a mascot. Not just any mascot, but one that embodied the U.S. Air Force’s primary mission to fly and fight. With this in mind, the first class to graduate from the Academy, the Class of 1959, felt that speed, courage and powerful flight of the falcon best symbolized the purpose of the United States Air Force. Written by General A.P. Clarke, the sixth superintendent of the Air Force Academy, this illustrated book tells the fascinating history of this unique performing mascot, from ancient art of falconry to the use of these magnificent birds in reaching out to the public to entertain and to educate.