1949: Henry H. Arnold is named General of the Air Force. He had been made a five-star general of the Army in December 1944 and […]
2006: The last operational C-141 Starlifter (Tail No. 66-0177) lands at Wright Field for donation to the National Museum of the USAF. The landing ends […]
1987: The last Titan II missile came off alert at Little Rock AFB, marking the close of a quarter century of uninterrupted service.
1968: Gen Carl Spaatz (USAF retired) receives the Thomas D. White National Defense Award for 1968.
1960: Soviet air defenses shoot down a U-2 flying from Pakistan to Norway, capturing CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers.
1999: The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB unveils the X-34, a technology demonstrator for a reusable space launch vehicle.
1975: Operation FREQUENT WIND. Through 30 April, USAF, Marine, and Navy helicopters airlift 6,000-plus people in the final evacuation of Saigon. This was the […]
1993: SECDEF Les Aspin announces that women would be allowed to serve in combat roles. This policy change allowed female pilots to fly USAF […]
1995: AFSPACE declares its GPS satellites fully operational. This system provided accurate geographical coordinates.
1945: MEDAL OF HONOR. 12th Air Force pilot 1Lt Raymond L. Knight destroys 14 enemy aircraft and wrecks 10 others on the ground. He is […]