Ken Hackman - The Man Behind USAF Photography


The Board of Directors of the Norton AFB Museum are pleased to be able to invite you to yet another in their series of; “An Evening at The Museum” event on August 23rd, 2017. Museum doors will open at 6:00p.m. and limited seating will be at 6:30p.m for a 7:00p.m. event. This next evening’s entertainment will feature Mr. Ken Hackman, Chief Photojournalists of the USAF (Retired) presenting The USAF Combat Camera from Vietnam to Desert Storm 1969 - 1993. Known as the “Godfather” of military visual information, his distinguished “title” was earned by founding the Air Force photojournalism program in 1971 and shaping it into the cornerstone of photojournalism today.

Mr. Hackman’s storied carrier began behind the camera at the age of 17 as a USAF photographer covering Vietnam as a young airman and progressed as an excellent and well respected USAF civil servant photographer covering all the official photographs of USAF aircraft from 1960 – 1995 to include all official photographs of Air Force One from 1975 - 2000. During this time he literally covered the world photography for Air Force and the Department of Defense. He also distinguished himself by covering 8 Olympic Games. One of the more challenging assignments as he was tasked to provide photographic coverage of the last atmospheric atomic bomb testing in the Pacific in 1962. After retirement, Ken continued his love of photography and was challenged to photograph the making of the IMAX film “Fighter Pilot” on the Red Flag exercises at Nellis AFB NV. His outstanding distinguished lists of accomplishments are known throughout photojournalism.

Ken Hackman is yet another standalone professional who was assigned to the Aerospace Audiovisual Service and Combat Camera at Norton AFB as a leader, mentor and true professional within the world of photojournalism. The Norton AFB Museum Board of Directors are honored to be able to bring this interesting member of the greater Norton AFB Family to our guests attending our next Evening at the Museum.

As the Norton AFB Museum continues to grow and offer the interesting and colorful history of Norton AFB, your donated memorabilia of or about Norton AFB is welcome. Please contact the Museum concerning specific arrangements and acceptance.

The Norton AFB Museum is a non-profit organization and all proceeds will go to helping defray the operating costs and to offset the expenses of these events. A $5.00 per person donation will be requested at the door. Questions please direct to the Museum at or (909) 382-7307.

Norton AFB Museum location: San Bernardino Int’l Airport, 1601 E. 3rd St San Bernardino CA 92408. (Corner of 3rd & Del Rosa). 


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