June 20, 1923

1923:  The Army’s first all-metal airplane, the Gallaudet CO-1, Liberty 400, makes its first flight. The Air Service engineering division designed the aircraft.

June 19, 1944

  1944: BATTLE OF THE PHILIPPINE SEA. Through 20 June, American pilots shoot down 476 Japanese aircraft in “The Marianas Turkey Shoot.” The US loses 130 planes.

June 16, 1936

  1936: Seversky Aircraft receives a contract to build P-35s, the Army’s 1st single-seat fighter with a closed cockpit and retractable landing gear.

June 8, 1953

  1953:  The Thunderbirds – officially known as the 3600th Air Demonstration Flight – give their first performance, at Luke AFB, AZ, flying the F-84G.