April 18, 1942

1942:    From the carrier USS Hornet, located 668 miles off Tokyo, Lt Col James H. Doolittle leads 16 B-25s in the first raid on Japan. […]

April 17, 1998

  1998:    The 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, FL receives the Air Force’s first production-modified MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter from Lockheed […]

April 16, 1949

  1949:    BERLIN AIRLIFT’S BIGGEST DAY. Military aircraft deliver a record 12,940 tons of supplies to Berlin in 1,398 flights within 24 hours.

April 15, 1941

  1941:    Igor Sikorsky flies a Vought-Sikorsky in the first officially recorded rotor helicopter flight in the western hemisphere, flying for 1 hour 5 minutes […]

April 12, 1981

  1981: SPACE SHUTTLE’S MAIDEN VOYAGE. The Space Shuttle Columbia launches on the first flight of a reusable spacecraft.

April 11, 1944 and 1966

1944: MEDAL OF HONOR. Lt Edward Michael receives medal for saving himself, crew member, and B-17 with successful crash landing. Citation: http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/2890/michael-edward-s.php 1966: MEDAL OF […]

April 10, 1967

  1967: Operation POKER DICE. SAC beds down B-52s at U-Tapao with the first 3 aircraft arriving during the day. Later in the day they […]

April 9, 1974

  1974: Between 9 April and 11 May, USAF conducts the flyoff between the A-10 and A-7.

April 8, 1942

  1942: Using aircraft acquired from Pan American Airlines, the Army begins the largest airlift in World War II. Two DC-3s airlift gasoline and lubricating […]

April 5, 1943

1 943:     Operation FLAX. North West African Air Force attacks Axis air transport service between Italy via Sicily to Tunisia; 201 enemy aircraft are destroyed.