2005: The YAL-1 Airborne Laser jet completes its airworthiness testing at Edwards.
1967: A2C Duane Hackney, the most decorated enlisted airman in the Vietnam war, receives the Air Force Cross for rescuing a downed pilot near Mu […]
1948: Otto Praeger, the founder of US airmail service, dies. From left to right, Airmail Pilot Robert Shank; Dr. Julius Juhlin, postmaster general of Sweden; […]
1951: KOREAN WAR/Operation ROUNDUP. To disrupt a new enemy offensive, the U.S. X Corps advances with strong air support near Hoengsong, northeast of Wonju in […]
1943: Navy PBYs rescue Brig Gen Nathan F. Twining, the Thirteenth Air Force Commander, and 14 others near New Hebrides Islands. They had ditched their […]
1991: BATTLE OF KHAFJI. Iraqi forces cross the Kuwaiti border into Saudi Arabia. The USAF suffers its greatest loss of the war when the Iraqis […]
1948: Orville Wright dies in Dayton, Ohio. He was 76.
1915: The first 20 aviation mechanics are designated after passing specified exams.
1986: CHALLENGER DISASTER. The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after launch, killing Astronauts Francis R. Scobee, Navy Cmdr Michael J. Smith, Dr. Judith Resnik, […]
1949: The United States Air Force adopts the shade 84 blue uniforms. Several years pass before the US Army Air Force uniforms phase out.