1991: SECAF Donald B. Rice announces the winner of the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition. He selects the Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics F-22 with the Pratt and Whitney […]
1981: The 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, an A-10 Wing at RAF Bentwaters, UK, sets a USAF record by generating 533 sorties in a single day. […]
1948: KEY WEST AGREEMENT. The SECDEF issues a memo to his Secretaries with a paper defining the functions of the services and the JCS, based […]
1912: The Secretary of War publishes the conditions of the Military Aviator Test in a report to the House of Representatives. Subsequently on July 5th […]
1943: Eighth Air Force makes its first 100-plane attack on a single target, the Focke-Wulf aircraft plant at Bremen, Germany. Nearly 20 aircraft are lost.
2004: MACKAY TROPHY. Near Kharbut, Iraq, in near-zero visibility, two USAF HH-60Gs assigned to Moody AFB rescue a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew that […]
1945: First flight of the XP-82 (Twin Mustang).
1986: Operation EL DORADO CANYON. The US retaliates against Libya for its involvement in terrorism with an airstrike using 24 F-111s from RAF Lakenheath, five […]
1925: Henry Ford starts airplane freight operations between Detroit and Chicago. This is the first regularly scheduled commercial freight operation in the US.
1931: Lt Wilfred J. Paul demonstrates the airship subcloud observation car at Langley Field. (Car shown here in Scientific American 12-23-1916)