1944: Twelfth Air Force sends 254 B-17 and B-25 bombers to attack and destroy the Abbey of Monte Cassino, Italy, preparing the way for a […]
1931: Congress creates the Air Mail Flyers Medal of Honor, retroactive to 15 May 1918.
1913: Smithsonian Institute regents appoint an advisory committee to inaugurate the Aerodynamic Laboratory project at Langley Field, VA.
1973: Operation HOMECOMING/MACKAY TROPHY. After N. Vietnam releases its POWs, MAC airlift returns them to Clark. When the POWs reach America, the 375th Aeromedical […]
1977: Jimmy Carter becomes the first President to fly in the E-4A National Emergency Airborne Command Post in a flight from Andrews AFB, MD to […]
1918: The Army changes its aircraft insignia to concentric circles of red and blue around white. See http://wwiisquadronpatches.com/NationalInsigniaHistoryUSAircraft.html for a capsule history of roundels.
2005: The YAL-1 Airborne Laser jet completes its airworthiness testing at Edwards.
1967: A2C Duane Hackney, the most decorated enlisted airman in the Vietnam war, receives the Air Force Cross for rescuing a downed pilot near Mu […]
1948: Otto Praeger, the founder of US airmail service, dies. From left to right, Airmail Pilot Robert Shank; Dr. Julius Juhlin, postmaster general of Sweden; […]
1951: KOREAN WAR/Operation ROUNDUP. To disrupt a new enemy offensive, the U.S. X Corps advances with strong air support near Hoengsong, northeast of Wonju in […]