September 25, 1918

1918: MEDAL OF HONOR. While on a voluntary patrol, Lt Edward V. Rickenbacker attacks sev­en German aircraft near Billy, France. Despite the odds, he dives […]

September 23, 2004

2004: Operation PROVIDE HOPE. A C-17 from McChord AFB delivers medicines and medical supplies worth $15 million to Bishkek IAP in the Kyrgyz Republic. It […]

September 22, 1987

1987: An  F-14 of Navy VF-74, based on the USS Saratoga, accidentally shoots down a USAF RF-4C from the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing  at Zweibrucken […]

September 21, 1942

1942: The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its first flight at Boeing Field. (Photo shows delivery of the 1,000th B-29 at the Boeing Wichita plant, Feb […]

September 18, 1947

1947: On July 26, 1947, aboard the VC-54C “Sacred Cow” which becomes Air Force-1, President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947. This separates […]

September 17, 1908

  1908: Lt Thomas E. Selfridge, flying as a passenger with Orville Wright, dies when the Wright Flyer crashes at Fort Myer. This event was […]

September 16, 1995

2005: Travis AFB places the restored C-141A Starlifter (tail number 63-8088) nicknamed the Golden Bear on permanent static display. It was the USAF’s first operational […]

September 15, 1996

    1996: Operation PACIFIC HAVEN. USAF airlifters carry thousands of Kurdish refugees from Northern Iraq to Andersen AFB, Guam where they are processed for […]

September 14, 1995

1995: Through 30 September, airlifters move more than 30 tons of medical supplies from Charleston AFB to Hanoi, Vietnam, in the first humanitarian airlift to […]

September 11, 2001

2001: 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 […]