1942: Gen Henry H. Arnold establishes a new numbered Air Force, which later becomes Eighth Air Force. The Eighth sustains over 26,000 deaths in World […]
1929: THE QUESTION MARK. Through 7 January, to test in-flight refueling and crew and aircraft endurance, Maj Carl A. Spaatz and crew fly the […]
1964: President Johnson funds the development of the CX-HLS (the C-5A). It could carry 500-700 troops or 250,000 pounds of cargo for 7,000 miles at […]
1944: Gen Henry H. Arnold becomes General of the Army (5 stars), the first airman to hold this rank.
1943: For extraordinary heroism this date, radio operator-gunner TSgt Forrest Vosler receives the Medal of Honor. http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3041/vosler-forrest-l.php
1945: President Truman urges establishment of the Department of Defense with an air arm equal to the Army and Navy. https://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/index.php?pid=508&st=&st1=
1972: Operation LINEBACKER II: President Nixon orders this 11-day all-out bombing campaign against targets in Hanoi and Haiphong, one of the most heavily defended areas […]
1944: A Noorduyn C-64 Norseman carrying famed bandleader Maj Glenn Miller disappears over the English Channel.
1964: 1st armed reconnaissance mission is flown in Laos, code named Barrel Roll. This mission initiates continuous tactical fighter operations in SEA.
1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt presents the first Air Mail Flyer’s Medal of Honor to Mal Bryan Freeburg.