1938: Maj Gen Oscar Westover, the Chief of the Army Air Corps, dies in an airplane crash near Lockheed Airport, Burbank. He is succeeded by […]
1957: Chief of Staff General Thomas D. White announces that radar units could detect ICBMs at 3,000 miles.
1958: The Royal Air Force receives its first Thor missile at Feltwell, England under the operation known as Project Emily.
1947: Aboard the VC-54C “Sacred Cow,” which becomes Air Force-1, President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 separating the Air Force from […]
1908: Lt Thomas E. Selfridge, flying as a passenger with Orville Wright, dies when the Wright Flyer crashes at Fort Myer during performance testing. This […]
1951: For valorous service this date Capt John S. Walmsley, Jr. receives the Medal of Honor posthumously. Citation: http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3202/walmsley-john-s-jr.php
1918: Thru 15 September Colonel William “Billy” Mitchell leads 1,481 planes in the St. Mihiel offensive, the greatest air battle of World War I.
1943: The 52nd Troop Carrier Wing uses 80+ troop transports to drop 1,200 paratroopers within Allied lines on Italy’s Salerno Beach, with no losses […]
2011: President George W. Bush initiates a war on terrorism and homeland-defense efforts with combat air patrols within the US under operations NOBLE EAGLE and […]
1942: The Secretary of War forms the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, under the leadership of Nancy Harkness Love. In October, female pilots begin ferrying aircraft […]