December 12,1944

1944:    MEDAL OF HONOR: Maj Richard I. Bong, with 38 aerial victories, receives the medal from General MacArthur in ceremonies in the Philippines.

December 11, 1969

1969:    The Air Force’s YF-12A 06935 supersonic interceptor aircraft makes its first flight from Edwards AFB under joint USAF-NASA sponsorship.

December 8, 1995

1995:    Operation PROVIDE PROMISE. The first C-17 flies into Sarajevo with 154,000 pounds of heaters and pressed wood, offloading in 32 minutes.

December 7, 1941

1941:    The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, bringing US into World War II. 18th Pursuit Wing P-40 pilots shoot down 10 enemy planes, 4 by 2Lt […]

December 6, 1961

1961:    In a joint Navy-Air Force ceremony, new astronaut wings are pinned on Cmdr Alan B. Shepard (USN) and Capt Virgil I Grissom (USAF).

December 5, 2001

2001: Operation NOBLE EAGLE. The 125th Fighter Wing (Florida ANG) sends its F-15s to patrol the skies over the Kennedy Space Center for the Space […]

December 4, 1996

1996:    At Hill AFB an F-16 Fighting Falcon logs the five millionth hour of flying time for the F-16 fleet. Captain Kurt Gallegos of the […]

December 1, 1942

1942:    BEGINNING OF THE “HUMP” AIRLIFT. Air Transport Command activates its India-China Division.

November 30, 1907

1907:    At Hammondsport, the Curtiss Motor Vehicle Company becomes the first airplane company formed in the US.

November 29, 1975

1975:    FIRST RED FLAG. The first annual exercise occurs at Nellis AFB to provide realistic training for combat aircrews.