January 19, 1976

1976: The 180th Tactical Fighter Group (Ohio) becomes the first Air National Guard unit to participate in a Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB, NV.

January 18, 1981

1981: IRANIAN HOSTAGE RELEASE. Iran releases 52 American hostages held in the American Embassy in Tehran after 444 days.

January 14, 1943

  1943: The Casablanca Conference opens. Plans for a combined bomber offensive against Germany are established. Lt Gen Ira C. Eaker promotes a daylight-bombing offensive […]

January 8, 1973

1973: LAST AERIAL VICTORY. In their F-4D Phantom 65-0796, Capt Paul D. Howman and 1Lt Lawrence W. Kullman shoot down a MiG southwest of Hanoi […]

January 7, 2005

  2005:   Colonel Joseph Lanni, the 412th Test Wing Commander at Edwards AFB, delivers an F/A-22 Raptor to Langley AFB, VA. That Raptor, the fifth […]

January 6, 1979

  1979: The 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah, accepts Tactical Air Command’s first F-16.

January 5, 1970

1970: With the acceptance of the 80th Air Defense Group facility at Fortuna Air Force Station ND, the Aerospace Defense Command’s Backup Intercept Control (BUIC) […]

January 4, 1944

1944: Operation CARPETBAGGER. American and Royal Air Force planes drop arms and sup­plies to French, Belgian, and Italian partisans for the first time.

January 1, 1929

1929: THE QUESTION MARK. Through 7 January, to test inflight refueling and crew and aircraft endurance, Maj Carl A. Spaatz and crew fly the Question […]