July 2, 1943

    1943: Lt Charles Hall, 99th Fighter Squadron, becomes the first US African-American pilot to shoot down an Axis plane, a German Focke-Wulf 190 […]

July 1, 1941

1941: The Air Corps Ferrying Command (ACFC) sends its first air transport flights from Bolling Field to Scotland via Montreal and Newfoundland. Using modified B-24 […]

June 30, 1975

  1975: The USAF retires its last Douglas C-47B Skytrain (Gooney Bird) to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB. Douglas Aircraft delivered the first […]

June 29, 1955

1955: The first Boeing B-52B Stratofortress, the first operational version of the B-52, (serial number 52-8711) enters operational service with SAC at Castle AFB and […]

June 26, 1994

  1994: A 60th Airlift Wing C-5 from Travis AFB flies a 34-ton Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to Chernobyl, Ukraine. There medical specialists use […]

June 25, 1996

1996: Terrorists bomb Khobar Towers near King Abdul-Aziz AB, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Air Force personnel and injuring 300 others. It is the worst terrorist […]

June 24, 1996

  1996: Exercise MARCOT ’96. SECAF Sheila E. Widnall flies on one of three B-52s from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB. Widnall and […]

June 23, 1944

1944: MEDAL OF HONOR. 2Lt David R. Kingsley, 97th Bombardment Group, Fifteenth Air Force, receives a Medal of Honor for putting his own parachute on […]

June 22, 1982

  1982: The first KC-135R (number 61-0293) re-engined with CFM-56 engines rolls out of the Boeing plant in Wichita.

June 19, 1998

1998: The C-32, military version of the Boeing 757-200 extended range aircraft, is selected along with the C-37A to replace the aging fleet of C-137 […]