October 8, 1940

  1940: The Royal Air Force forms 71 (Eagle) Squadron, the first of three Fighter Command squadrons composed principally of volunteer US pilots flying with […]

October 7, 1964

  1964: The SYNCOM III communications link from Tokyo to Point Mugu, generally regarded as the first geostationary satellite, begins transmitting to US televi­sion stations.

October 6, 1918

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 […]

October 5, 1984

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 […]

October 2, 1918

  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.

October 1, 1947

(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

September 30, 1949

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 […]

September 29, 1918

  1918: MEDAL OF HONOR. After destroying a number of enemy aircraft within 17 days, 2Lt Frank Luke of the 27th Aero Squadron volunteers to […]

September 28, 1912

  1912: Corporal Frank S. Scott, chief mechanic for the Wright Scout, becomes the first enlisted fatality in Signal Corps aviation. He dies when the […]

September 24, 1964

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 […]