July 2, 1943

1943: Lt Charles Hall, 99th Fighter Squadron, becomes the first US African-American pilot to shoot down an Axis plane, a German Focke-Wulf 190 over Sicily.

July 1, 1941

1941: The Air Corps Ferrying Command (ACFC) sends its first air transport flights from Bolling Field to Scotland via Montreal and Newfoundland. Using modified B-24 […]

June 30, 1947

1975: The USAF retires its last Douglas C-47B Skytrain (Gooney Bird) to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB. Douglas Aircraft delivered the first aircraft […]

June 29, 1972

1972: MEDAL OF HONOR. For heroic and valorous service this date, Capt Steven L. Bennett, a forward air controller,  receives the Medal of Honor posthumously. […]

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 […]