June 28, 1927

1927: MACKAY TROPHY/DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS. Lts Lester J. Maitland and Al­bert F. Hegenberger fly the first nonstop flight from Oakland to Wheeler Field, Honolulu. They […]

June 25, 1996

1996: Terrorists bomb Khobar Towers near King Abdul-Aziz AB, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Air Force personnel and injuring 300 others. It is the worst terrorist […]

June 24, 1997

1997: Operation PROVIDE COMFORT/NORTHERN WATCH. EF-111A Ravens from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) at Cannon AFB leave Turkey for home after nearly 2,100 days […]

June 23, 1944

1944: MEDAL OF HONOR. 2Lt David R. Kingsley, 97th Bombardment Group, Fifteenth Air Force, receives a Medal of Honor for putting his own parachute on […]

June 22, 1982

1982: After passing its Operational Readiness Inspection, Hahn Air Base, Germany’s 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, 313th TFS becomes the first F-16 operationally ready squadron in […]

June 21, 1954

  1954: USAF directs the Air Research Development Center to create a Western Development Division under Brig Gen Ber­nard A. Schriever to accelerate the Atlas […]

June 18, 1965

  1965: The 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, Bien Hoa AB receives the Presidential Unit Citation. This is the first USAF unit so […]

June 17, 1993

  1993: At Minot AFB, Lt Col Patricia Fornes becomes the 740th Missile Squadron commander. She is the first woman to command a combat missile […]

June 16, 1936

1936: Seversky Aircraft Company receives a contract to build P-35s for the Army. It was the Army’s first single-seat fighter with a closed cockpit and […]

June 15, 1971

1971: The first Titan III-D space booster launches from Vandenberg AFB. It is a two-stage liq­uid-fueled, core vehicle with two additional outboard strap-on thrust pods […]