July 25, 1944

  1944:    Operation COBRA. 3,000 planes attack German posts near St. Lo, accidentally killing Lt Gen Lesley J. McNair, US Ground Forces Commander.

July 24, 1990

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 […]

July 23, 1918

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 […]

July 22, 1950

  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 […]

July 19, 1969

1969:    APOLLO 11. Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., fly lunar module Eagle to the Sea of Tranquility.

July 26, 1947

1947:    President Truman signs the National Security Act, which establishes the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the CIA, and the US Air […]

July 18, 2002

2002:    At McConnell AFB, the Airborne Laser (ABL), a highly modified Boeing 747-400F, makes its first flight.

July 17, 1962

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 […]

July 16, 1971

  1971 – Brig Gen Jeanne Holm becomes 1st female general officer in the US Air Force. She is pinned by Secretary of the Air […]

July 15, 1958

  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 […]