September 30, 1949

1949: Operation VITTLES. The last flight took place to end the Berlin Airlift, although the main effort ended earlier. Tonnage and passenger reports vary but […]

August 4, 1955

  1955: China releases the crewmen of a Special Operations B-29, “The Stardust 40.” They were cap­tured on 13 January 1953 and were held longer […]

June 30, 1947

1975: The USAF retires its last Douglas C-47B Skytrain (Gooney Bird) to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB. Douglas Aircraft delivered the first aircraft […]

May 28, 1980

1980: The United States Air Force Academy graduates its first female cadets. Ninety-seven women are commissioned as Second Lieutenants.

April 5, 1991

1991: Operation PROVIDE COMFORT. To 15 July, MAC units fly more than 7,000 tons of sup­plies to Northern Iraq, Southeastern Turkey, and Western Iran to […]

President’s Letter

  Dear members, As always, Air Power History editor Richard Wolf has assembled a very thoughtful reflection this quarter.  He is able to do this […]