August 8, 1955

1955:    Over Edwards AFB, the X-1A rocket research plane explodes on its B-29 carrier and is jettisoned to destruction. NACA pilot Joe Walker escapes safely.

August 7, 1990

1990:    Operation DESERT SHIELD. In response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the US military deploys to protect Saudi Arabia from Iraqi aggression and to liberate […]

August 4, 1955

1955:    China releases crew of Special Ops B-29 “The Stardust 40”, captured on 13 Jan 1953 and held longer than any other POWs in Korean […]

August 3, 1981

1981:    Directed by President Reagan, USAF air traffic controllers man civilian airport facilities in the US to replace striking civilian controllers.  

August 2, 1987

1987:    The 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing from Tinker AFB completes its 5,000th mission for the Elf One deployment to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Elf […]

August 1, 1943

1943:    Operation TIDAL WAVE-Ploesti Raid. Five Medals of Honor were received for Ploesti, three posthumously, more than for any other mission in WW II: Baker, […]

July 31, 1952

1952: PROJECT HOP-A-LONG. Two MATS Sikorsky UH-19B helicopters complete the first trans-Atlantic helicopter flight. They touch down five times en route between Westover Field and […]

July 28, 1943

1943: For valorous action this date John C. “Red” Morgan receives Medal of Honor, presented by Lt Gen Ira Eaker. Citation:

July 27, 1953

1953: KOREAN WAR ENDS. UN and Communist representatives sign an armistice at Panmunjom. In the conflict USAF casualties number 1,729.

July 26, 1947

1947:  President Truman signs the National Security Act, which establishes the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the CIA, and the US Air Force.