October 24, 1974

1974:    The Space and Missile Systems Organization (SAMSO) launches an ICBM in the air, dropping a Minuteman I from a C-5A over the Pacific.

October 23, 1951

1951:    Col Michael N. McCoy, the 306 BMW Commander, flies SAC’s first operational Boeing B-47 (No. 50-008) to his wing at MacDill AFB. In a […]

October 20, 1944

1944:    RETURN TO THE PHILIPPINES. Gen Douglas MacArthur, accompanied by Philippine President Sergio Osmena, lands and states “I have returned.”

October 19, 2005

2005:    After five decades of service, USAF and Lockheed Martin launch the last Titan IV B rocket from Vandenberg, its 200th launch.

October 18, 1962

1962:    The Air Force Reserve mobilizes eight troop carrier wings and six aerial port squadrons for the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photo shows Gen LeMay […]

October 17, 1918

  1918:    Brig Gen William “Billy” Mitchell briefs General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, on a plan to airdrop elements of […]

October 16, 1958

1958:    North American Aviation Inc. at Downey, CA receives a contract to build the Hound Dog air-to-surface missile, designed for nuclear warhead delivery.  It moved […]

October 13, 1952

1952:    After a respite of almost a year, N. Korea, using small fabric-covered biplanes, hassles Cho-do and the Seoul area with “Bed Check Charlie” raids.

October 12, 1944

1944:    Lt Chuck Yeager earns “ace-in-a-day” recognition as he is credited with five aerial victories in a single engagement.

October 11, 1958

1958: The USAF launches Pioneer I, a lunar probe vehicle, nearly 80,000 miles in height before it falls back to earth on 13 October.