May 29, 1966

  1966: The ARRS observes its 20th anniversary. In this period, the ARRS rescued more than 12,000 people throughout the world.

May 26, 1956

  1956: First flight of Republic’s production model YF-105B, later named the Thunderchief.

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.