1975: Operation BABYLIFT: A MAC C-5 crashes in an emergency landing near Saigon while flying the op’s 1st mission; 138 die and 176 survive […]
1996: A 76th Airlift Squadron CT-43 transport crashes near Dubrovnik, Croatia killing 35, including Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown. Brown was on an economic development […]
1915: President Wilson appoints the first members to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). In 1958, NACA becomes NASA.
1952: KOREAN WAR. Fifth Air Force Sabre pilots destroy ten MiGs while losing one F-86. In the battle, Col Francis S. Gabreski, the 51st Fighter-Interceptor […]
2003: Operation Noble Eagle. By this date in the Global War on Terrorism, the Air National Guard had flown 72 % of fighter sorties, […]
1961: President John F. Kennedy asks Congress to: (1) put 50 percent of SAC’s bombers on ground alert; (2) speed up the B-47 phaseout; (3) […]
1945: Gen Carl Spaatz sends Eighth Air Force bombers and P-51 escorts against Berlin to destroy the Luftwaffe. General Galland of the Luftwaffe later […]
1999: Operation ALLIED FORCE. An F-15 shoots down two MiG-29s in aerial combat over Yugoslavia on the third day of the operation.
1975: USAF organizes an airlift to evacuate 10,000 people a day from Da Nang, South Vietnam. Communist forces had surrounded and completely cut […]
1948: The Lockheed T-33 Tee Bird (the TF-80C) makes its first flight.