1948: The Berlin Airlift corridor is equipped with flight aids to ensure continuance of airlift operations in the coming winter.
1943: 8AF sends over 300 B-17s on raids of Schweinfurt and Regensburg, losing 60; leadership re-evaluates the need for fighter escort.
1960: Capt Joseph W. Kittinger Jr. jumps from 102,800 feet over NM; reaches speeds over 600 mph during 13:08 min descent.
1973: LAST SEA COMBAT MISSION. All US bombing in Cambodia ends after eight years; an A-7D from 354 TFW flies the last combat mission in […]
1912: Sgt. Vernon Burge receives rating as the U.S. Army’s first enlisted pilot.
1950: KOREAN WAR. C-119 Flying Boxcars begin airlifting trucks from Tachikawa AB to Taegu.
1961: An F-105 lifts the largest load ever carried aloft by a single-engine aircraft in dropping over seven tons of conventional bombs on a target.
1945: Maj Charles W. Sweeney, flying the “Bockscar” B-29, drops a second atomic bomb, called “Fat Man,” on Nagasaki.
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.
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 […]