May 11, 1964

1964: Jackie Cochran becomes 1st woman to fly more than Mach 2, 1,429 MPH in an F-104G at Edwards AFB.

May 10, 1942

1942:  The carrier USS Ranger, off the African Gold Coast, launches 60 USAAF P-40s to Accra.

May 9, 1978

1978: McDonnell Douglas delivers the 5,000th F-4 Phantom built to the Air Force. This date is disputed: some sources say May 24th.

May 8, 1970

MACKAY TROPHY. An AC-119K gunship attacks a heavily defended road section in SEA. Despite losing 15 feet of the aircraft’s right wing and an aileron, […]

May 4, 1942

1942: Through 8 May, the Battle of Coral Sea featured the first naval engagement fought by aircraft, as the opposing ships made no contact.

May 3, 1973

1973:  The 1972 Mackay Trophy goes to three Vietnam aces: Captains Richard S. “Steve” Ritchie, Charles B. DeBellevue, and Jeffery S. Feinstein.

May 2,1923

Lieutenants John Macready and Oakley Kelly 1923: MACKAY TROPHY and Distinguished Flying Cross. Lts. Kelly & Maccready fly 1st nonstop transcontinental flight, NY-San Diego, 2,520 […]

May 1, 1943

      MEDAL OF HONOR: A B-17 bomber, with Sgt Maynard H. Smith as gunner, comes under intense enemy fire while returning from a […]

April 28, 2003

  2003: Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia moves to Al Udeid AB, Qatar, marking end of SOUTHERN WATCH.