August 16, 1960

1960:   Capt Joseph W. Kittinger Jr. jumps from 102,800 feet over New Mexico; he reaches speeds over 600 mph during 13:08 minute descent.

August 15, 1945

1945:   VICTORY DAY–JAPAN. The Japanese government announces its intention to surrender “unconditionally.”

August 13, 1953

1953:   The XC-99, the world’s largest plane to date, makes its first transatlantic flight from Kelly AFB to Frankfurt, Germany, with 60,000 pounds of cargo. […]

August 9, 1944

1944:   MEDAL OF HONOR. For valorous actions while leading 33 B-26 Marauders against a railroad bridge on the Seine River, Capt Darrell R. Lindsey is […]

August 8, 1946

  1946:   First flight of the Convair XB-36 Peacemaker prototype 42-13570 at Fort Worth.

August 7, 1916

1916:   The Wright Company and the Glenn L. Martin Company merge into the Wright Martin Aircraft Corporation.

August 6, 1945

Flying his “Enola Gay” B-29 from Tinian Island, Lt Col Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. and his crew drop the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. […]

August 3, 1981

  1981:   Directed by President Reagan, USAF air traffic controllers man civilian airport facilities in the US to replace striking civilian controllers.