1909: At Ft. Myer, Orville Wright, with Lt Frank P. Lahm as passenger, flies Army’s first airplane in an initial 1:12:40 test flight, fulfilling a […]
1947: President Truman signs the National Security Act, which establishes the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the CIA, and the US Air […]
1946: Operation CROSSROADS. USAAF Task Group 1.5 conducts 2nd phase of this test grouping, Test Baker, bursting A-bomb underwater off Bikini Island.
1964: President Johnson confirms the SR-71’s development during the 1964 presidential campaign.
1948: The Military Air Transport Service deploys men and equipment to establish an Airlift Task Force in Germany to relieve Berlin. Maj Gen William H. […]
1969: APOLLO XI. Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., fly lunar module Eagle to the Sea of Tranquility.
1934: Thru 20 Aug, Lt Col Henry H. Arnold commands 10 Martin B-10s from Bolling Field to Fairbanks and back; he receives the Mackay Trophy […]
1967: For the 1st time, an HC-130 refuels an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter is during a rescue mission. (1968 Photo)
1962: Maj Robert White flies X-15 No. 3 with the XLR-99 rocket engine on the first spaceflight by a manned aircraft: Altitude 58.7 miles […]
1971 – Brig Gen Jeanne Holm becomes 1st female general officer in the US Air Force. She is pinned by Secretary of the Air Force […]