May 17, 1919

  1919:    The Director of the Air Service orders the use of the national star insignia on all service planes; This order is implemented in […]

May 16, 1947

  1947:    Over New York, 101 B-29s “theoretically” drop bombs in SAC’s first Maximum Effort mission.

May 15, 1975

1975:    MAYAGUEZ INCIDENT. US military forces initiate combat actions to recover the SS Mayaguez and crew who had been seized by Khmer communist forces. This […]

May 14, 1979

  1979:    The last ANG C-121 type aircraft, an EC-121 “Coronet Solo” operated by the 193d Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (Pennsylvania), retires from service and […]

May 13, 1952

1952: 5AF F-86s destroy 5 MiG-15s in aerial combat. In the morning 12 F-86s attack targets Sinuiju Airfield and Uiju Airfield in NW Korea. In […]

May 10, 1972

  1972:    LINEBACKER I: 8th Tactical Fighter Wing F-4s drop precision-guided munitions on the Paul Doumer Bridge in Hanoi, finally closing it to traffic.

May 9, 1961

  1961:    The 379th Bomb Wing at Wurtsmith AFB, MI receives SAC’s first B-52H (number 60-0001, shown here later at Barksdale AFB). It was known […]

May 8, 1970

  1970:    MACKAY TROPHY. An AC-119K gunship attacks a heavily defended road section in SEA. Despite losing 15 feet of the aircraft’s right wing and […]

May 7, 1945

  1945:    The German High Command surrenders unconditionally at Reims, effective 9 May. Air Transport Command begins Projects Green and White, for personnel and aircraft, […]

May 6, 2006

2006:   The last operational C-141 Starlifter (Tail No. 66-0177) lands at Wright Field for donation to the National Museum of the USAF. The landing ends […]