1944: MEDAL OF HONOR: Maj Richard I. Bong, with 38 aerial victories, receives the medal from General MacArthur in ceremonies in the Philippines.
1969: The Air Force’s YF-12A 06935 supersonic interceptor aircraft makes its first flight from Edwards AFB under joint USAF-NASA sponsorship.
1995: Operation PROVIDE PROMISE. The first C-17 flies into Sarajevo with 154,000 pounds of heaters and pressed wood, offloading in 32 minutes.
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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 […]
1942: BEGINNING OF THE “HUMP” AIRLIFT. Air Transport Command activates its India-China Division.
1907: At Hammondsport, the Curtiss Motor Vehicle Company becomes the first airplane company formed in the US.
1975: FIRST RED FLAG. The first annual exercise occurs at Nellis AFB to provide realistic training for combat aircrews.