September 21, 1938

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 […]

September 20, 1957

1957:   Chief  of Staff General Thomas D. White announces that radar units could detect ICBMs at 3,000 miles.

September 19, 1958

1958:   The Royal Air Force receives its first Thor missile at Feltwell, England under the operation known as Project Emily.

September 18, 1947

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 […]

September 17, 1908

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 […]

September 14, 1951

1951:      For valorous service this date Capt John S. Walmsley, Jr. receives the Medal of Honor posthumously. Citation:

September 12, 1918

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.

September 13, 2014

  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 […]

September 11, 2001

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 […]

September 10, 1942

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 […]