1980: After Mount St. Helens erupts, a C-141 from the 63 MAW at Norton AFB, CA and a C-130 from the 62 MAW at McChord […]
1948: Air Materiel Command asks Boeing to develop an American aerial fueling system, the flying boom, to overcome problems with the British hose system used […]
1973: From Kennedy Space Center, a two-stage Saturn V launches Skylab 1 into orbit, where its two Solar Array System wings fail to deploy. […]
1976: TYPHOON OLGA. Through 1 June air rescue and recovery squadron helicopters save 734 flood victims.
1968: MEDAL OF HONOR. Lt Col Joe M. Jackson volunteers to rescue a three-man Air Force combat control team at Kham Duc. Before the rescue, […]
1918: The U.S. Army Air Service, American Expeditionary Forces, receives its first American-made DH-4, with a Liberty engine. It makes its first flight six days […]
1970: MACKAY TROPHY. An AC-119K gunship attacks a heavily defended road section in SEA. Despite losing 15 feet of the aircraft’s right wing and an […]
1949: Henry H. Arnold is named General of the Air Force. He had been made a five-star general of the Army in December 1944 and […]
2006: The last operational C-141 Starlifter (Tail No. 66-0177) lands at Wright Field for donation to the National Museum of the USAF. The landing ends […]
1987: The last Titan II missile came off alert at Little Rock AFB, marking the close of a quarter century of uninterrupted service.