October 23, 1951

  1951:   Col Michael N. McCoy, the 306th Bomb Wing Commander, flies SAC’s first operational Boeing B-47 (No. 50-008) to his wing at MacDill AFB. […]

October 22, 1985

  1985:   Tactical Air Command launches its first missile from Vandenberg AFB. The Tomahawk Ground Launch Cruise Missile was also the first of its kind […]

October 19, 2005

2005:   After five decades of service, USAF and Lockheed Martin launch the last Titan IV B rocket from Vandenberg, its 200th launch.

October 18, 1962

1962:   The military leadership discusses actions in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Air Force Reserve mobilizes eight troop carrier wings and six aerial port […]

October 17, 1918

1918:   Brig Gen William “Billy” Mitchell briefs General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, on a plan to airdrop elements of 1st […]

October 16, 1943

  1943:   Lockheed receives a contract to produce the XP-80 Shooting Star, the first true American jet-propelled fighter.

October 15, 1970

1970:   TROPIC MOON. From Ubon Royal Thai AFB, the 13th Bomb Squadron flies its first night interdiction combat mission in Vietnam with the B-57G. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu7bIYOJOlY

October 12, 1944

1944:   Lt Chuck Yeager earns “ace-in-a-day” recognition as he is credited with five aerial victories in a single engagement.

October 11, 1910

1910:   Former President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President to fly in an aircraft, as a passenger with Archibald Hoxsey in a Wright biplane at […]