1973: The 1972 Mackay Trophy goes to three Vietnam aces: Captains Richard S. “Steve” Ritchie, Charles B. DeBellevue, and Jeffery S. Feinstein.
Lieutenants John Macready and Oakley Kelly 1923: MACKAY TROPHY and Distinguished Flying Cross. Lts. Kelly & Maccready fly 1st nonstop transcontinental flight, NY-San Diego, 2,520 […]
MEDAL OF HONOR: A B-17 bomber, with Sgt Maynard H. Smith as gunner, comes under intense enemy fire while returning from a […]
2003: Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia moves to Al Udeid AB, Qatar, marking end of SOUTHERN WATCH.
1995: AFSPACECOM declares its GPS satellites fully operational.
April 26, 1966: F-4C crew Major Paul Gilmore and 1Lt William Smith, shoots down a MiG-21 over N. Vietnam, 1st to be destroyed in combat. […]
1942: Gen Henry H. Arnold establishes a new numbered Air Force, which later becomes Eighth Air Force. The Eighth sustains over 26,000 deaths in […]
1929: THE QUESTION MARK. Through 7 January, to test in-flight refueling and crew and aircraft endurance, Maj Carl A. Spaatz and crew fly the […]
1991: BATTLE OF KHAFJI. Iraqi forces cross the Kuwaiti border into Saudi Arabia. The USAF suffers its greatest loss of the war when the […]