1972: LINEBACKER I: 8th Tactical Fighter Wing F-4s drop precision-guided munitions on the Paul Doumer Bridge in Hanoi, finally closing it to traffic.
1961: The 379th Bomb Wing at Wurtsmith AFB, MI receives SAC’s first B-52H (number 60-0001, shown here later at Barksdale AFB). It was known […]
1970: MACKAY TROPHY. An AC-119K gunship attacks a heavily defended road section in SEA. Despite losing 15 feet of the aircraft’s right wing and […]
1945: The German High Command surrenders unconditionally at Reims, effective 9 May. Air Transport Command begins Projects Green and White, for personnel and aircraft, […]
2006: The last operational C-141 Starlifter (Tail No. 66-0177) lands at Wright Field for donation to the National Museum of the USAF. The landing ends […]
1943: Lt Gen Frank M. Andrews, Commanding General, European Theater of Operations, US Army, dies in an air crash in Iceland.
1965: The Early Bird satellite goes into operation as a public communications facility by shuttling TV programs across the North Atlantic.
1917: In World War I, Maj William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first American officer to fly over the German lines, as an observer in […]
Operation FREQUENT WIND. Through 30 April, USAF, Marine, and Navy helicopters airlift 6,000-plus people in the final evacuation of Saigon. This was the first major […]
1966: F-4C crew Major Paul Gilmore and 1Lt William Smith shoot down a MiG-21 over North Vietnam, the first to be destroyed in combat.