1956: MACKAY TROPHY. At Edwards AFB, Capt Iven C. Kincheloe sets altitude record of 126,000 for manned flight in Bell X-2 rocket-powered aircraft.
1983: Capt Robert J. Goodman and his KC-135 from Loring escort/tow F-4 to Gander through 4 continuous refuelings, receive Mackay Trophy.
1950: KOREAN WAR. An H-5 helicopter makes its first rescue of a U.S. pilot behind enemy lines; Lt Paul W. Van Boven saves Capt Robert […]
1975: USAF General Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr. becomes the first African-American officer to achieve four-star rank in the U.S. military.
1942: The VIII Bomber Command loses its first aircraft in combat when two B-17s fail to return from a strike on the Avions Potez aircraft […]
1955: The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker flies its maiden flight.
1958: Operation X-RAY TANGO. For rapid deployment of the Composite Air Strike Force in the Quemoy/Matsu Crisis, TAC receives a Mackay Trophy.
1952: KOREAN WAR/SORTIE RECORD. Far East Air Forces fighter-bombers set a new 24-hour record by sending 854 Fifth Air Force sorties against Pyongyang, N. […]
1942: The War Department directs the Air Transport Command to provide aircraft and equipment to evacuate sick and wounded American servicemen and women throughout the […]
1987: Col (Dr.) Thomas J. Tredici retires at Brooks AFB, the last remaining B-17 pilot from World War II to leave active duty.