1944: Operation COBRA. 3,000 planes attack German posts near St. Lo, accidentally killing Lt Gen Lesley J. McNair, US Ground Forces Commander.
1990: The landing of SAC’s Boeing EC-135 Looking Glass Airborne Command Post at Offutt AFB ends 29 years of continuous operation with over 250 million […]
1918: The Director of the Army Air Service orders every flying field in the United States to have an air ambulance. This was based on […]
1950: KOREAN WAR. The USN aircraft carrier USS Boxer arrives in Japan with 145 USAF F-51s on board. Photo here shows loading of the […]
1969: APOLLO 11. Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., fly lunar module Eagle to the Sea of Tranquility.
1947: President Truman signs the National Security Act, which establishes the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the CIA, and the US Air […]
2002: At McConnell AFB, the Airborne Laser (ABL), a highly modified Boeing 747-400F, makes its first flight.
1962: Maj Robert White flies X-15 No. 3 with the XLR-99 rocket engine on the first space flight by a manned aircraft: Altitude 58.7 miles […]
1971 – Brig Gen Jeanne Holm becomes 1st female general officer in the US Air Force. She is pinned by Secretary of the Air […]
1958: Operation BLUE BAT. After the Iraqi government falls, tensions increase in Lebanon. This strain leads Lebanon’s President to seek US security assistance. TAC […]