May 7, 1949

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 […]

May 6, 2006

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 […]

May 5, 1987

1987:   The last Titan II missile came off alert at Little Rock AFB, marking the close of a quarter century of uninterrupted service.

May 4, 1968

1968:   Gen Carl Spaatz (USAF retired) receives the Thomas D. White National Defense Award for 1968.

May 1, 1960

  1960:    Soviet air defenses shoot down a U-2 flying from Pakistan to Norway, capturing CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers.

April 30, 1999

1999:    The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB unveils the X-34, a technology demonstrator for a reusable space launch vehicle.

April 29, 1975

  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 […]

April 28, 1993

  1993:    SECDEF Les Aspin announces that women would be allowed to serve in combat roles. This policy change allowed female pilots to fly USAF […]

April 27, 1995

  1995:    AFSPACE declares its GPS satellites fully operational. This system provided accurate geo­graphical coordinates.

April 24, 1945

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 […]