August 16, 2002

    2002: GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. The USAF extends the mobilization of over 14,000 Guardsmen and Reservists, mostly security forces, into a second year […]

August 13, 1953

1953: The XC-99, the world’s largest plane to date, makes its first transatlantic flight from Kelly AFB to Frankfurt, Germany, with 60,000 pounds of cargo. […]

August 12, 1972

1972:  The first director of the F-15 Joint Test Force, Lt Col Wendell Shawler becomes the first USAF pilot to fly the F-15.

August 11, 2003

2003: A C-9A Nightingale (No. 68-10959) assigned to the 375th Airlift Wing at Scott AFB performs the last scheduled C-9 aeromedical evacuation mission.

August 10, 1983

1983:          Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger directs the USAF to deploy 100 Peacekeeper missiles in Mi­nuteman Silos.

August 9, 1945

1945: Maj Charles W. Sweeney, flying the “Bockscar” B-29, drops a second atomic bomb, called “Fat Man,” on Nagasaki. Later in his career, Sweeney becomes […]

August 6, 1945

1945: Flying his “Enola Gay” B-29 from Tinian Island, Col Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. and his crew drop the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. […]

August 5, 1950

1950: MEDAL OF HONOR. Maj Louis J. Sebille, the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron Commander, dies near Hamchang, Korea, when he crashes his severely damaged F-51 […]

August 4, 1955

  1955: China releases the crewmen of a Special Operations B-29, “The Stardust 40.” They were cap­tured on 13 January 1953 and were held longer […]

August 3, 1942

1942: The US begins work on its top secret Manhattan Project to develop an atomic bomb. The photo shows the Hanford B Reactor, the first full-size […]