April 16, 2004

2004: MACKAY TROPHY. Near Kharbut, Iraq, in near-zero visibility, two USAF HH-60Gs assigned to Moody AFB rescue a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew that […]

April 15, 1969

1969: North Korean MiGs shoot down a US Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft with 31 crewmen during its routine mission some 100 miles off the North […]

April 14, 1986

1986: Operation EL DORADO CANYON. The US retaliates against Libya for its involvement in terrorism with an airstrike using 24 F-111s from RAF Lakenheath, five […]

April 13, 1999

1999: Operation ALLIED FORCE. US Army General Wesley Clark, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, asks for 300 more U.S. aircraft in addition to the 82 […]

April 12, 1966

  1966: SAC B-52s hit targets in North Vietnam for the first time when they attack a supply route in the Mu Gia Pass, 85 […]

April 9, 1997

1997:  Lockheed-Martin and Boeing roll out their F-22 air superiority fighter at the LM Marietta plant.

April 8, 1942

1942: Using aircraft acquired from Pan American Airlines, the Army begins the largest airlift in World War II. Two DC-3s airlift gasoline and lubricating oil […]

April 7, 1955

1955: The first production-model Lockheed C-130A Hercules (53-3129), shown here in assembly, flies at the company’s facility in Marietta GA.

April 6, 1924

1924: 1ST AROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT/MACKAY TROPHY. Four Army Douglas Biplanes take off from Seattle on the first global flight. Only two crews complete the 26,345-mile flight […]

April 2, 1915

1915:     President Wilson appoints the first members to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). In 1958, NACA becomes NASA.