1912: Through 13 November, the Army uses aircraft to make artillery adjustments for the first time at Fort Riley, Kansas. In this demonstration, Capt Frederick […]
1954: The Strategic Air Command retires its last B-29 bomber (number 42-94032) to the aircraft storage facility at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ.
1989: McDonnell-Douglas delivers the last of 470 F-15C/Ds (no. 86-0166) to the Air Force. Col Rick Parsons, 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing Commander, flies the aircraft […]
1944: MEDAL OF HONOR. While on a mission over Meresberg, Germany, a bomber sustains three hits from anti-aircraft shells. A severely wounded navigator, Lt […]
1918: Known as the “Ace of Aces” for that conflict, Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker shoots down his 26th and final enemy aircraft of World […]
2004: NASA’s modified KC-135A aerospace vehicle trainer, the “Vomit Comet,” flies its final sortie. NASA used the “Comet” at Edwards AFB to provide zero gravity […]
1925: The court-martial of Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell for insubordination begins. He is found guilty on 17 Dec and sentenced to five years’ suspension […]
1954: Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., becomes the USAF’s first African American general officer.
1956: Bell pilot Floyd Carlson flies the XH-40 helicopter for the first time at Fort Worth. Later, the XH-40 becomes the UH-1 Iroquois, or Huey, […]
1983: Through 16 November, MAC flies 78 Americans injured in the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut from Lebanon to medical facilities in […]