1944: After the second Operation FRANTIC raid, the Luftwaffe attacks B-17s at Poltava, destroying 47 and damaging 19 more.
1954: USAF creates a Western Development Division under Brig Gen Bernard A. Schriever to accelerate the Atlas ICBM program.
1941: The United States Army Air Forces are formed. This leads to, as World War II progresses, a largely autonomous force.
1962: FIRST GENERAL WHITE SPACE TROPHY. Secretary of the Air Force Eugene M. Zuckert presents the first Gen Thomas D. White Space Trophy to […]
1965: The 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, Bien Hoa AB receives the Presidential Unit Citation. This is the first USAF unit so honored […]
1970: A C-130 flies the final Blind Bat flare mission over the Barrel Roll area of Laos, then returns to Naha AB, Japan.
1975: Congress rejects a 1974 DoD proposal to inactivate New York’s 102 Fighter Interceptor Squadron and several other Air Guard outfits. Instead, the ANG re-designates […]
1968: A Titan IIIC places 8 Initial Defense Communication Satellite Program (IDCSP) satellites into orbit to extend the system’s life span.
1970: A USAF K-30 reconnaissance camera is retired to the Air Force Museum after 20+ years in service. The camera measured 3′ x 4 1/2′ […]
2007: ROBERT J. COLLIER TROPHY. The National Aeronautic Association presents its annual trophy to the Lockheed Martin Corporation and the USAF for developing the F-22 […]