August 12, 1962

1962:    ECHO I satellite launches from the Air Force Cape Canaveral launch Complex 17 aboard a Thor-Delta rocket. After two years in orbit, the […]

August 9, 1944

1944:    MEDAL OF HONOR. For valorous actions while leading 33 B-26 Marauders against a railroad bridge on the Seine River, Capt Darrell R. Lindsey is […]

August 8, 1967

  1967:    McGuire AFB receives the last C-141, the “Garden State Starlifter,” to be delivered to a MAC base from Lockheed.

August 7, 1990

1990:    Operation DESERT SHIELD. In response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the US military deploys to protect Saudi Arabia from Iraqi aggression and to liberate […]

August 6, 1945

1945:    Flying his “Enola Gay” B-29 from Tinian Island, Lt Col Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. and his crew drop the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on […]

August 5, 1950

1950: MEDAL OF HONOR. Maj Louis J. Sebille, the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron Commander, dies near Hamchang, Korea, when he crashes his severely damaged F-51 […]

August 2, 1987

  1987:    The 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing from Tinker AFB completes its 5,000th mission for the Elf One deployment to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. […]

August 1, 1943

1943:    Operation TIDAL WAVE-Ploesti Raid. Among the most costly missions in World War II, with over 50 aircraft and 650 airmen lost. Five Medals of […]

July 31, 1952

1952:    PROJECT HOP-A-LONG. Two Military Air Transport Service Sikorsky UH-19b helicopters complete the first trans-Atlantic helicopter flight. They touch down five times en route between […]

July 30, 1971

  1971: The last F-100 leaves Vietnam for the CONUS. Its departure ends a combat employment which began in 1964 and produced 360,283 combat sorties […]