October 28, 1965

1965: C-130s begin carrying fuel, ammunition, and supplies to Pleiku for the defense of the camp from North Vietnamese attacks. For the next 29 days, […]

October 26,1944

1944: The first US Army aircraft to be stationed in the Philippines since 1942 land on the Tacloban airstrip. The 34 P-38s of the 9th […]

1925: The court-martial of Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell for insubordination begins. He is found guilty on 17 Dec and sentenced to five years’ suspension […]

October 22, 1957

  1957: FIRST CASUALTIES FROM VIETNAM. Eight US servicemen injured in an explosion in Saigon are evacuated to Clark Air Base for treatment at the […]

October 21, 1965

1965: Gen Curtis E. LeMay, former Chief of Staff, receives the 1965 Collier Trophy, American aviation’s highest honor.

October 20, 1944

1944: RETURN TO THE PHILIPPINES. Southwest Pacific Area forces land unopposed at two points. Gen Douglas MacArthur, accompanied by President Sergio Osmena, lands in the […]

October 19, 1968

1968: Maj William J. Knight receives the Harmon International Aviator’s Trophy for 1967 as the world’s outstanding pilot for flying X-15 No. 2 to 4,520 […]

October 18, 1962

1962: CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS. The Air Force Reserve mobilizes eight troop carrier wings and six aerial port squadrons for the Cuban Missile Crisis.

October 15, 2000

2000: MACKAY TROPHY/ATTACK ON THE USS COLE. Crews from the 75th Airlift Squadron and 86th Aeromedical Squadron receive the trophy for evacuating 28 survivors of […]