1967: Maj Gen Benjamin D. Foulois dies at Andrews AFB at the age of 87. He was the first person to fly an Army […]
1980: Operation EAGLE CLAW. The attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran fails. A Navy RH-53 hovers into an Air Force EC-130 in a […]
1991: Secretary of the Air Force Donald B. Rice announces the winner of the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition. He selects the Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics F-22 […]
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 […]
1995: OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING. A powerful car bomb levels a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 169 and wounding 400 people. USAF airlifts firefighters, search […]
1942: From the carrier USS Hornet, located 668 miles off Tokyo, Lt Col James H. Doolittle leads 16 B-25s in the first raid on Japan. […]
1998: The 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, FL receives the Air Force’s first production-modified MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter from Lockheed […]
1949: BERLIN AIRLIFT’S BIGGEST DAY. Military aircraft deliver a record 12,940 tons of supplies to Berlin in 1,398 flights within 24 hours.
1941: Igor Sikorsky flies a Vought-Sikorsky in the first officially recorded rotor helicopter flight in the western hemisphere, flying for 1 hour 5 minutes […]
1981: SPACE SHUTTLE’S MAIDEN VOYAGE. The Space Shuttle Columbia launches on the first flight of a reusable spacecraft.