1927: Lt James H. Doolittle performs the first known successful outside loop.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
1918: Raoul G. Lufbery, who posted 17 aerial victories with Lafayette Escadrille before joining American forces, dies in aerial combat.
1919: The Director of the Air Service orders the use of the national star insignia on all service planes; The order is implemented in […]
1947: Over New York, 101 B-29s “theoretically” drop bombs in SAC’s first Maximum Effort mission.
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 […]
1949: BERLIN AIRLIFT ENDS. The Soviet Union ends the blockade after delivery of 2,325,510 tons on 277,569 missions.