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Air Force Monthly Historical Dates

June 1st - 30

• 01 Jun 1951 - Maj. (Dr.) John P. Stapp survived 45 "Gs" in a rocket sled powered by a 4,000-pound thrust engine.

• 01 Jun 1961 - At Kincheloe AFB, Mich., the U.S. Air Force declared the first Bomarc-B pilotless interceptor site operational.

• 01 Jun 1961 - The U. S. Air Force activated the lst Titan I squadrons at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.

• 01 Jun 1962 - The U.S. Air Force launched Oscar II, a 10-pound satellite, piggyback on a Thor-Agena B rocket from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Launched for the American Radio Relay League, Oscar II transmitted radio signals in Morse code for use of amateur radio operators. 

• 01 Jun 1964 - Jacqueline Cochran flew the 100-kilometer circular course at Edwards AFB. Calif., at 1,302 mph to break Jacqueline Auriol's 1963 international women's record.

• 02 May 1957 - The U.S. Air Force accepted its first F-101A Voodoo.

• 01 Jun 1967 - Two 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery HH-3E helicopters completed the first helicopter crossing of the Atlantic. The 4,270-mile flight followed Lindbergh's route from New York to Paris of 40 years earlier. They completed the flight in 30 hours, 46 minutes with nine inflight refueling from HC-130P tankers to set a FAI record.

• 01 Jun 1979 - Maj. Gen. Philip J. Conley Jr., the commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., accepted the first F-15C for the Air Force.

• 01 Jun 1990 - Strategic Air Command turned over the first FB-111s to Tactical Air Command. After internal modifications, the U.S. Air Force redesignated the jets as F-111Gs.

• 01 Jun 1992 - The U.S. Air Force inactivates Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command, and Military Airlift Command. It also activates Air Combat Command and Air Mobility Command, comprising most of the resources of the inactivated commands.

• 01 Jun 1994 - Maj. Jacqueline Parker arrived at 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field, N.Y., to begin mission qualification training in the F-16. She was the first female F-16 pilot in the Air National Guard.

• 02 Jun 1944 - The first shuttle-bombing mission using Soviet bases to attack Eastern European targets occurred during Operation Frantic. The bombers took off from Italy and landed at Poltava, Soviet Union, after bombing Debrecen, Hungary. Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker, head of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, flew in one of the B-17s.

• 02 Jun 1949 - Gen. Henry H. Arnold received the permanent rank of General of the Air Force.

• 02 Jun 1950 - The 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Rapid City AFB, S.D., received the first RB-36D. This reconnaissance version of the B-36B had four jet engines added to the six propeller engines.

• 02 Jun 1957 - Capt. Joseph W. Kittinger Jr. set FAI altitude and endurance records for manned, lighter-than-aircraft during Project Man High I. He went aloft in a balloon over Minnesota for six hours, 34 minutes and stayed above 96,000 feet for two hours.

• 02 Jun 1970 - Southern Command personnel and aircraft from Howard and Albrook air force bases, Panama, and C-130s from Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, began massive disaster relief operation for victims of any earthquake in Peru. In the next 31 days, U. S. Air Force Special Operations airlifted 1.5 million pounds of supplies and equipment, 2,827 passengers and 501 patients for medical reasons, while operating from bare base conditions, 1,500 miles from base.

• 02 Jun 1970 - U.S. Air Force Southern Command begins massive disaster relief operations for victims of a devastating earthquake in Peru that killed 70,000 and left 800,000 homeless. Crews airlift 1.5 million pounds of cargo and 2,827 passengers.

• 02 Jun 1995 - Two B-1B Lancers flew around the world in record time -- 36 hours, 13 minutes and 36 seconds lasting through June 3. The bombers received inflight refueling six times from KC-135s and KC-10s. In one B-1 the autopilot failed, forcing the crew to hand fly the bomber for most of the flight. For that effort, the crew earned the 1995 Mackay Trophy.

• 02 Jun 1998 - The 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell AFB, Kan., received the first production modified KC-135 Pacer CRAG aircraft. The PACER CRAG equipment served as the centerpiece of several KC-135 modernization efforts. Using the CRAG radar, a pilot would be able to detect cloud formations, wind shear and other weather hazards. The FMS 800, a state-of-the-art flight management system, formed the heart of the CRAG system. It gave pilots the ability to plot courses in a training facility, download the information to a date card and upload it into the aircraft. That new capability eliminated the need for a navigator.

• 03 Jun 1941 – The grade of aviation cadet was created.

• 03 Jun 1942 – The Battle of Midway occurred through June 6th. Three US carriers destroyed four Japanese carriers, while only losing one of their own. The Japanese also lost a heavy cruiser, 322 aircraft, and 5,000 men, including a host of skilled pilots. This defeat ended Japan’s eastern offensive and marked a major turning point in the war. Seventh Air Force flew fifty five B-17 sorties and four B-26 torpedo attacks, claiming 22 hits on ships and 10 Japanese fighters shot down. It lost two B-17’s and two B-25’s.

• 03 Jun 1946 - Flying a P-80 at 463 mph, Lt. Henry A. Johnson set a one hour, 20 minute, 31 second world record for 1,000 kilometers.

• 03 Jun 1999 - After three months of air attacks under Operation ALLIED FORCE, designed to end the Serb practice of “ethnic cleansing” against the Kosovars, Serbian President Milosevic capitulates, obviating the need of a ground assault.

• 03 Jun 1958 - In response to a request from the Thai government for assistance, a Pacific Air Forces C-130 airlifted 300,000 units of ant-cholera serum from Manila to Bangkok to fight a cholera epidemic.

• 03 Jun 1959 - The U.S. Air Force Academy graduates the first class of 207 graduates. Two hundred and five receive commissions as regular officers in U.S. Air Force.

• 03 Jun 1961 - The U.S. Air Force test-fired the most powerful solid-fuel rocket engine known to Western scientists. In the test at Sacramento, Calif., 94,000 pounds of propellant produced in excess of 500,000 pounds of thrust.

• 03 Jun 1964 - Jacqueline Cochran claimed her third jet speed record in a month, flying a Lockheed F-104 fighter at 1,135 mph over a 500-kilometer course at Edwards AFB, Calif. Miss Cochran bettered her Sept. 17, 1961 mark of 680.75 mph on the same course.

• 03 Jun 1965 - Astronauts Lt. Col. Thomas P. Stafford and Lt. Cmdr. Eugene A. Cenan completed three rendezvous operations and a record two-hour, five minute space walk lasting through June 6. They were launched from the Eastern Test Range in Florida abroad a Titan II booster. Then, they landed only two and a half miles from the recovery force (the most accurate reentry to date) after 45 revolutions of earth. Live TV coverage of splashdown and recovery came from the Early Bird satellite.

• 03 Jun 1984 - Tactical Air Command deployed the first maritime radar-equipped E-3 Sentry to the Persian Gulf area.

• 04 Jun 1953 - The U.S. Air Force began "reflexing" B-47 wings to England on 90-day rotational training and alert duty in Europe. From June 4-6, Strategic Air Command deployed 45 B-47s in equal flights of 15 bombers from the 306th Bombardment Wing at MacDill AFB, Fla., to the Royal Air Force Fairbanks, England. On June 6, a B-47 set a new record of five hours, 22 minutes for the 3,120 mile flight to Royal Air Force Fairford to break the former record set April 6, 1953.

• 04 Jun 1954 - Maj. Arthur Murray flew the Bell X-1A to an unofficial record of 91,000 feet.

• 04 Jun 1958 - At Cape Canaveral, Fla., a Thor missile completed its first launch from a prototype tactical-type launcher.

• 04 Jun 1963 - An Atlas-E, launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., flew on a 4,000-mile flight down the Pacific Missile Range.

• 04 Jun 1969 - The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, hold their first exhibition using the F-4 Phantom aircraft.

• 04 Jun 1970 - Flying the NF-104 modified with a rocket engine, Gen. Alton D. Slay, reached 104,000 feet in altitude to become the first general officer to surpass 100,000 feet.

• 04 Jun 1970 - At Hill AFB, Utah, F-105 Thunderchiefs made a final flyby to signal the inactivation of the last Air Force Reserve F-105 squadron.

• 04 Jun 1991 - Col. Clarence "Dick" Anderegg and his backseater, Maj. Hugh Riley, flew Pacific Air Forces' last F-4 mission. They flew from Clark AB, Philippines to Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., where the Phantom would be mothballed. The flight ended over a quarter of century of service for the F-4 with PACAF.

• 04 Jun 1992 - A C-141 from Charleston AFB, S.C., flew the first mission during Operation Provide Hope since the activation of Air Mobility Command to Dushanbe, Tajikstan. Between June 1992 and May 1993, AMC flew 109 missions including 25 by commercial aircraft, to deliver 2,438 tons of cargo for the operation.

• 04 Jun 1997 - The Air Force reached a milestone recently in advanced missile propulsion with the successful ground testing of the Variable Flow Ducted Rocket, or VFDR, at Atlantic Research Corp., Gainesville, Va. A solid-fuel ducted rocket engine, the VFDR increased the capabilities of conventional rockets by burning fuel-rich rocket-exhaust gases with air, thereby doubling or tripling the total energy produced by the engine.

• 05 Jun 1944 - The IX Troop Carrier Command used 1,400 C-47s, C-53s and gliders carrying artillery weapons through June 6, to drop 13,000 Allied paratroopers on Normandy, France during Operation Overlord or D-Day.

• 05 Jun 1948 - The YB-49 Flying Wing crashed northwest of Muroc AFB, Calif., Capt. Glenn Edwards, the copilot, died in the crash; a year and a half later the base was renamed Edwards AFB.

• 05 Jun 1970 - Secretary of the Air Force Robert C. Seamans Jr. announced that North American Rockwell and General Electric would build the B-1's airframe and engines.

• 05 Jun 1976 - In a missile verification test, a Grumman A-6 launched a General Dynamics Tomahawk ground-launched cruise missile at the White Sands Missile Range. N.M., for its first fully guided flight that lasted for 61 minutes over 446 nautical miles.

• 05 Jun 1981 - The KC-10 completed qualification testing at Edwards AFB, Calif.

• 05 Jun 1987 - The U.S. Air Force picked the Boeing 747-200 to become the next Air Force One.

• 06 Jun 1944 - D-Day in Europe: The 8th Air Force has won air superiority and enables the landing of troops with virtually no Luftwaffe interference. American and Allied aircraft flew 15,000 interdiction, close air support, and airlift sorties in support of the D-Day invasion.

• 06 Jun 1960 - Two F-100s took off from Itazike AB, Japan on what was Pacific Air Forces' first computer-planned mission, a two-hour, 30-minute training flight. The 8th Tactical Fighter Wing developed the system to electronically compute flight plans. The computer-produced frag orders were more detailed and accurate and could be produced in a few seconds with the touch of some buttons. The new system permitted a quick reaction to changes in combat profiles, a factor that world later prove a vital ingredient to combat missions to come.

• 06 Jun 1962 - Capt. William Stevenson flew a 19th Bombardment Wing B-52H from Homestead AFB, Fla., 11,336.92 miles over a closed course (from and back to Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.). He averaged 510 mph in the 22 hour, 38 minute, 42 second nonstop, non-refueled flight

• 06 Jun 1970 - Lockheed delivered the first C-5 Galaxy to an operational wing. Gen. Jack J. Catton, Military Airlift Command commander, flew the aircraft from Marietta, Ga. to Charleston AFB, S.C., where Brig. Gen. Clare T. Ireland, the 437th Military Airlift Wing commander, accepted it.

• 06 Jun 1975 - The last 16 B-52s at U-Tapao AB, Thailand, began their redeployment to the U.S.

• 06 Jun 1979 - The first F-16 from the Dutch production line delivered in a ceremony at Fokker-VFW Schiphol Plant at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands.

• 06 Jun 1991 - The Air Force unveiled the Northrop AGM-137A Tri-service Standoff Attack Missile. It was a stealthy ground-attack weapon with a less than 600 kilometers range.

• 06 Jun 1996 - The first woman commander of a group that maintains U.S. Air Force missiles, Lt. Col. Kai Lee Norwood, assumed command of the 91st Logistics Group.

• 07 Jun 1944 - Transport aircraft dropped 356 tons of supplies to Allied forces during Operation Overlord.

• 07 Jun 1958 - Secretary of Defense Donald A. Quarles approved the construction of the first Titan I squadrons.

• 07 Jun 1966 - The first successful launch of an Orbiting Geophysical Laboratory took place when OGO III went into orbit to perform 21 experiments, a record number for a U.S. scientific spacecraft.

• 07 Jun 1976 - Team Spirit Exercise, a joint/combined field-training event took place in Korea lasting through June 24 to exercise, test, and evaluate the Korean Tactical Air Control System.

• 07 Jun 1989 - A C-5 set a world record by airdropping four Sheridan armed reconnaissance vehicles, weighing 42,000 pounds each, and 73 fully combat-equipped paratroopers. The total weight reached 190,346 pounds.

• 07 Jun 1989 - An Air Force Thor space booster, with a Burner II upper stage, placed two instruments into a circular 300-nautical-mile polar orbit. This launch was part of the Department of Defense's Space Experiments Support Program to test a celestial mapping service.

• 07 Jun 1993 - The U.S. Air Force deployed AC-130 Spectre gunships to Somalia to suppress local warlords. Operation Continue Hope started on May 5 to provide a safe environment for the distribution of humanitarian supplies and to begin nation building in the war-torn country. A month later, armed conflict erupted between U.N. and Somali forces.

• 08 June 1942 – A presidential directive established the European Theater of Operations with Maj. Gen.James E. Chaney as commander.

• 08 Jun 1953 - At Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, officially designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Flight, perform for the first time.

• 08 Jun 1960 - The 4135th Strategic Wing from Eglin AFB, Fla., launched Strategic Air Command's first GAM-7A Quail missile.

• 08 Jun 1962 - The U. S. Air Force ejected Zena, a chimpanzee, from a B-58 flying at 45,000 feet at 1,060 mph to test an escape capsule.

• 08 Jun 1963 - At Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., the 570th Strategic Missile Squadron became Strategic Air Command's first operational Titan II squadron.

• 08 Jun 1971 - An Air Force Thor space booster, with a Burner II upper stage, placed two instruments into a circular 300-nautical-mile polar orbit. This launch was part of the Department of Defense's Space Experiments Support Program to test a celestial mapping service

• 08 Jun 1971 - The Air Force and Navy signed a joint agreement to develop the AIM-9L, Short Range Missile for the F-15. The Air Force approved the F-100 engine design for the F-15.

• 08 Jun 1980 - In the first all-woman airlift mission, Capt. Susan R. Regele flew a C-9 from Scott AFB, Ill. The crew included two other pilots, two flight nurses, three aeromedical technicians and a flight engineer.

• 08 Jun 1984 - The HH-60D helicopter flew for the first time at night.