1959: A Rhesus monkey, Able, and a squirrel monkey, Miss Baker, are the first primates to be launched and recovered successfully from space. They were […]
1913: Under General Order No. 39, Army officers who qualified as military aviators receive a Military Aviator’s Certificate and badge. At the time, 24 officers […]
1972: President Nixon and USSR Premier Kosygin sign an agreement in Moscow for use of outer space for peaceful purposes.
2000: Randolph AFB receives the first production-model T-6A Texan II. USAF’s new primary trainer would replace the T-37 and the Navy’s T-34 training aircraft.
1906: The U.S. government issues the Wright Brothers the first patent on their flying machine (after turning down two earlier submissions from them).
1956: Operation REDWING (Cherokee test). On Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, Maj David Crichlow flies the B-52 Barbara Grace to nearly 50,000 feet and drops […]
1927: Charles A. Lindbergh, a Captain in the Missouri National Guard’s 110th Observation Squadron, lands his Ryan Monoplane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” in […]
1919: The Director of the Air Service orders the use of the national star insignia on all service planes; This order is implemented in […]
1947: Over New York, 101 B-29s “theoretically” drop bombs in SAC’s first Maximum Effort mission.
1975: MAYAGUEZ INCIDENT. US military forces initiate combat actions to recover the SS Mayaguez and crew who had been seized by Khmer communist forces. This […]