1965: Capt Joseph Engle qualifies as a military astronaut by flying the X-15 No. 3 to 280,600 feet at 3,432 MPH (Mach 4.94)
1950: Korean War. 1Lt Bryce Poe II, in an RF-80A, flies the USAF’s first jet combat reconnaissance mission, photographing the North Korean advance.
1995: For the first time a Space Shuttle, the Atlantis, visits the Russian Mir space station.
1994: A 60 AW C-5 from Travis AFB flew a 34-ton Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to Chernobyl, Ukraine. There, medical specialists use the […]
1944: While escorting B-17s on a Ploesti raid, 52nd Fighter Group downs 12 enemy aircraft for 102 aerial victories in 30 days. This becomes […]
1944: After the second Operation FRANTIC raid, the Luftwaffe attacks B-17s at Poltava, destroying 47 and damaging 19 more.
1954: USAF creates a Western Development Division under Brig Gen Bernard A. Schriever to accelerate the Atlas ICBM program.
1923: The Army’s first all-metal airplane, the Gallaudet CO-1, Liberty 400, makes its first flight. The Air Service engineering division designed the aircraft.
1944: BATTLE OF THE PHILIPPINE SEA. Through 20 June, American pilots shoot down 476 Japanese aircraft in “The Marianas Turkey Shoot.” The US loses 130 […]
1936: Seversky Aircraft receives a contract to build P-35s, the Army’s 1st single-seat fighter with a closed cockpit and retractable landing gear.