1968: Gen Carl Spaatz (USAF retired) receives the Thomas D. White National Defense Award for 1968.
1960: Soviet air defenses shoot down a U-2 flying from Pakistan to Norway, capturing CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers.
1999: The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB unveils the X-34, a technology demonstrator for a reusable space launch vehicle.
1975: Operation FREQUENT WIND. Through 30 April, USAF, Marine, and Navy helicopters airlift 6,000-plus people in the final evacuation of Saigon. This was the […]
1993: SECDEF Les Aspin announces that women would be allowed to serve in combat roles. This policy change allowed female pilots to fly USAF […]
1995: AFSPACE declares its GPS satellites fully operational. This system provided accurate geographical coordinates.
1945: MEDAL OF HONOR. 12th Air Force pilot 1Lt Raymond L. Knight destroys 14 enemy aircraft and wrecks 10 others on the ground. He is […]
1991: SECAF Donald B. Rice announces the winner of the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition. He selects the Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics F-22 with the Pratt and Whitney […]
1981: The 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, an A-10 Wing at RAF Bentwaters, UK, sets a USAF record by generating 533 sorties in a single day. […]
1948: KEY WEST AGREEMENT. The SECDEF issues a memo to his Secretaries with a paper defining the functions of the services and the JCS, based […]