The Air Force ROTC unit at Oregon State University was established in 1949. Detachment 685 is known as the Flying Beavs.
The Arnold Air Society is a national honorary community service organization for Air Force ROTC cadets. Silver Wings serves a similar purpose of community service and is composed of cadets who are not active members of the Arnold Air Society as well as civilian college students.
The Air Force ROTC Photographs document the ROTC unit's training and activities at Oregon State University. The images depict cadets in their squadron units, formal cadet inspections, physical training exercises, participation in the Arnold Air Society/Silver Wings National Conclave, and a wedding in the Memorial Union. Photographs of a football game half-time show featuring the Silver Wings Drill Team and Color Guard are also included.
Most of the items in the collection are color prints; a few b/w prints are included. About half of the photographs are in an album, with detailed descriptions, that was assembled by members of the Silver Wings Drill Team and Color Guard. These images depict the team marching in a parade as well as social activities.
Air Force ROTC Photographs (P 281), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.