December 8, 1995

1995:    Operation PROVIDE PROMISE. The first C-17 flies into Sarajevo with 154,000 pounds of heaters and pressed wood, offloading in 32 minutes.

December 7, 1941

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 […]

December 6, 1961

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).

December 5, 2001

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 […]

December 4, 1996

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 […]

December 1, 1942

1942:    BEGINNING OF THE “HUMP” AIRLIFT. Air Transport Command activates its India-China Division.

November 30, 1907

1907:    At Hammondsport, the Curtiss Motor Vehicle Company becomes the first airplane company formed in the US.

November 29, 1975

1975:    FIRST RED FLAG. The first annual exercise occurs at Nellis AFB to provide realistic training for combat aircrews.

November 28, 2001

2001:    Operation SWIFT FREEDOM. C-17s land in Afghanistan on an airstrip about 80 miles south of Kandahar to deliver Navy Seabees.

November 27, 1972

1972:    The US Geological Survey completes a map of Mars–the first detailed map of another planet–from 1,500 of 7,000 photos taken by Mariner IX, which […]