1949: MACKAY TROPHY. Through 2 March, from Carswell AFB Capt James Gallagher and crew fly the 43rd Bomb Group’s B-50 Lucky Lady II (No. […]
1975: Brig Gen Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to exceed the speed of sound, flies his last Air Force sortie in an F-4 at Edwards […]
(Wilbanks above, Levitow below) 1967 and 1969: MEDAL OF HONOR. Two are awarded on this day in separate years. 1967: Capt Hilliard A. Wilbanks: http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3443/wilbanks-hilliard-a.php […]
1945: P-47 Thunderbolts attack the Berchtesgaden railway station for the first time, however, the fighters do not attack Hitler’s nearby Eagle’s Nest retreat.
1944: Thru 25 Feb, 8AF and 15AF begin the “Big Week”of air raids on German aircraft production to reduce the Luftwaffe threat. Fighter escorts […]
1936: Brig Gen William “Billy” Mitchell dies at Doctor’s Hospital, New York City. He is later buried in Milwaukee.
1918: The “Lafayette Escadrille” transfers to American forces as the 103d Pursuit Squadron and begins operations on the front under tactical control of the French. […]
1913: The Army tests Lawrence Sperry’s Gyrostabilizer, or automatic pilot, for the first time.
1996: Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR. A Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System E-8A flew its 50th mission in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, surpassing the […]
1913: Smithsonian Institute regents appoint an advisory committee to inaugurate the Aerodynamic Laboratory project at Langley Field, VA.