In 2006, the AFA celebrated its 60th anniversary and combined with the Aero-space Education Foundation. The change allowed AFA to become a tax-exempt charitable education institution. The AFA sponsors a series of studies and forums on aerospace and national security through its public policy and research arm, the Gen. Billy Mitchell Institute for Air-power Studies.
AFA is led by volunteers at the local, state and national levels. The group has more than 230 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as the United King-dom, Germany, Italy, Bel-gium, Japan, Okinawa and the Republic of Korea.
As of June 30, 2007, AFA had more than 125,000 members. At that time, 15 percent were on active duty and 67 percent were retired or former military.