1921: During July Brig Gen Billy Mitchell’s bombers sink several capital ships off Virginia to prove this capability of un-apposed aircraft.
2002: Operation NOBLE EAGLE. The 119th Fighter Squadron (New Jersey ANG) is the 1st DOD unit to fly 1,000 missions for this operation.
1979: Skylab, after 38,981 orbits, reenters the atmosphere.
1935: Larry Bell founds Bell Aircraft, producer among other aircraft of the P-39 Airacobra and the X-1.
Flying a Lockheed Vega A-29 Hudson, Lt Harry J. Kane and crew of the 396th Bomb Squadron attack and sink German sub U-701 off Cherry […]
Operation KINDERLIFT. USAFE begins airlift of children from Berlin to West Germany for a summer in German and American homes.
Capt Charles DeForest Chandler, Lt Thomas DeWitt Milling, and Lt Henry H. Arnold became the first qualified “Military Aviators.” They receive their badges on 6 […]
The Flying Tigers join the Army Air Forces as the 23rd Fighter Group, Col Robert L. Scott Jr commanding.
The USAF gives the B-29 Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, to the Smithsonian Institute.
1982: Rockwell International rolls out the Space Shuttle Challenger.