July 13, 1921

1921: During July Brig Gen Billy Mitchell’s bombers sink several capital ships off Virginia to prove this capability of un-apposed aircraft.

July 12, 2002

2002: Operation NOBLE EAGLE. The 119th Fighter Squadron (New Jersey ANG) is the 1st DOD unit to fly 1,000 missions for this operation.

Jul 10, 1935

1935: Larry Bell founds Bell Aircraft, producer among other aircraft of the P-39 Airacobra and the X-1.  

July 7, 1942

  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 […]

July 6, 1953

Operation KINDERLIFT. USAFE begins airlift of children from Berlin to West Germany for a summer in German and American homes.

July 5, 1912

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 […]

July 4, 1942

  The Flying Tigers join the Army Air Forces as the 23rd Fighter Group, Col Robert L. Scott Jr commanding.

July 3, 1949

The USAF gives the B-29 Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, to the Smithsonian Institute.