1958: The RAF receives its first Thor missile at Feltwell, England.
1947 Aboard the VC-54C “Sacred Cow,” which becomes Air Force-1, Pres Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 separating the USAF from the US […]
2004: Formal groundbreaking and site dedication of the United States Air Force Memorial is held in Arlington, VA.
2006: Chief of Staff Gen T. Michael Moseley selects the name “Reaper” for the new MQ-9 hunter-killer UAV.
1943: The 52nd Troop Carrier Wing uses 80+ troop transports to drop 1,200 paratroopers on Italy’s Salerno Beach, with no losses of planes […]
1918: Thru 15 Sep Colonel William “Billy” Mitchell leads 1,481 planes in the St. Mihiel offensive.
2011: President George W. Bush initiates a war on terrorism and homeland-defense efforts with combat air patrols within the US under operations NOBLE EAGLE and […]
1967: A1C Duane D. Hackney (ARRS) becomes 1st living enlisted man to receive the Air Force Crossfor rescuing a pilot downed in North Vietnam jungles.
1956: MACKAY TROPHY. At Edwards AFB, Capt Iven C. Kincheloe sets altitude record of 126,000 for manned flight in Bell X-2 rocket-powered aircraft.
1983: Capt Robert J. Goodman and his KC-135 from Loring escort/tow F-4 to Gander through 4 continuous refuelings, receive Mackay Trophy.