May 25, 1927

1927: Lt James H. Doolittle performs the first known successful outside loop.

May 24, 1960

1960: Midas II launches on an Atlas-Agena A rocket into an orbit expected to last 40 months. On 26 May, its telemetry system fails.

May 23,1968

  1968:     433 TFS Satan’s Angels use a Paveway Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) in combat for the first time. Modified F-4Ds fitted with laser illuminators, […]

May 22, 1990

McDonnell Douglas pilot Larry Walker and Maj Erwin Jenschke land the NF-15B STOL Maneuvering Technology Demonstrator in 1,650 feet at Edwards AFB. The Pratt and […]

May 19, 1918

1918: Raoul G. Lufbery, who posted 17 aerial victories with Lafayette Escadrille before joining American forces, dies in aerial combat.

May 17, 1919

  1919:  The Director of the Air Service orders the use of the national star insignia on all service planes; The order is implemented in […]

May 16, 1947

1947:  Over New York, 101 B-29s “theoretically” drop bombs in SAC’s first Maximum Effort mission.            

May 15, 1963

LAST MERCURY FLIGHT. After 22-orbits around earth, Maj L. Gordon Cooper ends a 34-hour, 20-minute flight in Mercury capsule Faith 7 before landing in the […]

May 12, 1949

  1949: BERLIN AIRLIFT ENDS. The Soviet Union ends the blockade after delivery of 2,325,510 tons on 277,569 missions.