1913: Smithsonian Institute regents appoint an advisory committee to inaugurate the Aerodynamic Laboratory project at Langley Field, VA.
1973: Operation HOMECOMING/MACKAY TROPHY. After N. Vietnam releases its POWs, MAC airlift returns them to Clark. When the POWs reach America, the 375th Aeromedical Airlift […]
1977: Jimmy Carter becomes the first President to fly in the E-4A National Emergency Airborne Command Post in a flight from Andrews AFB, MD to […]
1933: The Army establishes four provisional air transport squadrons, one at each air depot, to haul equipment and materiel between airfields and the depots […]
1951: KOREAN WAR/OPERATION THUNDERBOLT. Generals Earl E. Partridge and Matthew B. Ridgway reconnoiter the front lines in a T-6 prior to their 25 January dawn […]
2002: A KC-10 arrives at Dulles with John Walker Lindh, a 20-year-old American accused of joining Al Qaeda and fighting in Afghanistan against US forces. […]
1944: Operation SHINGLE. To support the amphibious landings at Anzio, the Mediterranean Allied Air Force flies 1,200 sorties.
1991: Operation DESERT STORM/AIR FORCE CROSS. Capt Paul T. Johnson in his A-10 Thunderbolt II finds a downed Navy fighter pilot, who had ejected in […]
2001: Texas Governor and former Texas Air National Guardsman George W. Bush is inaugurated as President of the US. He is the first former […]
1991: War begins in the Persian Gulf. Operation Desert Shield becomes Operation Desert Storm. More than 1,200 combat sorties are flown, and 106 cruise missiles […]