May 3, 1943

  1943:    Lt Gen Frank M. Andrews, Commanding General, European Theater of Operations, US Army, dies in an air crash in Iceland.

May 2, 1965

  1965:    The Early Bird satellite goes into operation as a public communications facility by shuttling TV programs across the North Atlantic.

April 30, 1917

  1917:    In World War I, Maj William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first American officer to fly over the German lines, as an observer in […]

April 29, 1975

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 […]

April 26, 1967

  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.

April 25, 1967

  1967:    Maj Gen Benjamin D. Foulois dies at Andrews AFB at the age of 87. He was the first person to fly an Army […]

April 24, 1980

  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 […]

April 23, 1991

  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 […]

April 22, 1981

  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 […]

April 19, 1943

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 […]