1943: Lt Gen Frank M. Andrews, Commanding General, European Theater of Operations, US Army, dies in an air crash in Iceland.
1965: The Early Bird satellite goes into operation as a public communications facility by shuttling TV programs across the North Atlantic.
1917: In World War I, Maj William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first American officer to fly over the German lines, as an observer in […]
Operation FREQUENT WIND. Through 30 April, USAF, Marine, and Navy helicopters airlift 6,000-plus people in the final evacuation of Saigon. This was the first major […]
1966: F-4C crew Major Paul Gilmore and 1Lt William Smith shoot down a MiG-21 over North Vietnam, the first to be destroyed in combat.
1967: Maj Gen Benjamin D. Foulois dies at Andrews AFB at the age of 87. He was the first person to fly an Army […]
1980: Operation EAGLE CLAW. The attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran fails. A Navy RH-53 hovers into an Air Force EC-130 in a […]
1991: Secretary of the Air Force Donald B. Rice announces the winner of the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition. He selects the Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics F-22 […]
1981: The 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, an A-10 Wing at RAF Bentwaters, UK, sets a USAF record by generating 533 sorties in a single […]
1995: OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING. A powerful car bomb levels a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 169 and wounding 400 people. USAF airlifts firefighters, search […]