October 22, 1957

1957: FIRST CASUALTIES FROM VIETNAM. Eight US servicemen injured in an explosion in Saigon are evacuated to Clark Air Base for treatment at the 6208th […]

October 21, 1965

1965: Gen Curtis E. LeMay, former CSAF, receives the 1965 Collier Trophy, American aviation’s highest honor.

October 20, 1944

1944: RETURN TO THE PHILIPPINES. Southwest Pacific Area forces land unopposed at two points. Gen Douglas MacArthur, accompanied by President Sergio Osmena, lands in the […]

October 19, 2020

1968: Maj William J. Knight receives the Harmon International Aviator’s Trophy for 1968 as the world’s outstanding pilot for flying X-15 No. 2 to 4,520 […]

October 16, 1972

    1972:   The USAF flies its A-7D Corsair II in combat for the first time. A-7s assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing deployed […]

October 15, 2000

2000: MACKAY TROPHY/ATTACK ON THE USS COLE. Crews from the 75th Airlift Squadron and 86th Aeromedical Squadron receive the trophy for evacuating 28 survivors of […]

October 14, 1981

    1981: Tinker AFB deploys two E-3A Sentry AWACS aircraft to Egypt to help preserve calm after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

October 13, 1972

  1972: MACKAY TROPHY. F-4 weapon system officer Capt Jeffrey S. Feinstein shoots down his fifth MiG-21 to become the third and final USAF ace […]

October 12, 1998

1998: The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing (AFRC), at Keesler AFB receives the USAF’s first WC-130J Hercules aircraft.

October 9, 2001

2001: Operation EAGLE ASSIST. NATO deploys AWACS aircraft to the US to help patrol American airspace, a first deployment of NATO forces to the US […]