1940: The Royal Air Force forms 71 (Eagle) Squadron, the first of three Fighter Command squadrons composed principally of volunteer US pilots flying with […]
1964: The SYNCOM III communications link from Tokyo to Point Mugu, generally regarded as the first geostationary satellite, begins transmitting to US television stations.
1918: MEDALS OF HONOR. Near Binarvelle, France, 1Lt Harold E. Goettler with the 50th Aero Squadron and 2Lt Erwin P. Bleckley (Kansas National Guard), flying […]
1984: FIRST SPACEWALK BY AN AMERICAN WOMAN. During the sixth Challenger Space Shuttle mission, astronauts record several firsts, including the first walk in space by […]
1918: The Army’s pilotless aircraft, the Kettering “Bug,” with preset controls, begins flights at Dayton. In later years it is called a guided missile.
(Stock photo) 1947: The first flight of North American’s prototype F-86 Sabre (XP-86) at Muroc Dry Lake. See video of first flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M68-Y9dGQcs
1949: Operation VITTLES. The last flight took place to end the Berlin Airlift; the main effort ended earlier. Tonnage and passenger reports vary but show […]
1918: MEDAL OF HONOR. After destroying a number of enemy aircraft within 17 days, 2Lt Frank Luke of the 27th Aero Squadron volunteers to […]
1912: Corporal Frank S. Scott, chief mechanic for the Wright Scout, becomes the first enlisted fatality in Signal Corps aviation. He dies when the […]
1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson presents aviation’s highest honor, the 1963 Robert J. Collier Trophy, to Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, who […]