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• 09 Jan 1945 - U.S. Army Air Forces participated in the opening of Luzon, Philippines Campaign.

• 09 Jan 1956 - 1st Lt. E.A. Schmid became the first Airman to fly over the South Pole and first member to fly over both North and South poles.

• 09 Jan 1967 - Tactical Airlift Command initiated Combat Lady, a test of classified weapons at Eglin AFB, Fla.

• 09 Jan 1973 - The Short Range Attack Missile began operational testing from B-52s at Holloman AFB, N.M.

• 09 Jan 1976 - The first operational Hybrid Explicit flight test occurred with the launch of production verification missile (PVM-12) from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.







• 10 Jan 1946 - An Army R-5 sets an unofficial world helicopter record of 21,000 feet.

• 10 Jan 1977 - The Air Force budgeted $245 million for the M-X missile's full-scale engineering development.


• 11 Jan 1944 - Lt. Col. James H. Howard led a P-51 fighter escort group in a bombing mission to Oschersleben, Germany attacking 30 enemy planes, destroying three and damaging several others. Even when his fuel tanks neared empty, Colonel Howard continued to protect the bombers.

• 11 Jan 1954 - The U.S. Air Force approved the building of five Texas towers for the nation's air defense system.

• 11 Jan 1962 - Maj. Clyde P. Evely flew a B-52H from Okinawa, Japan to Madrid, Spain and set 12 FAI flight records, including a nonstop, non-refueled flight of 12,532 miles in 21 hours, 52 minutes.

• 11 Jan 1975 - The Air Force cargo planes began airlifting military equipment and supplies into Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


• 12 Jan 1956 - The first U.S.-built complete liquid-rocket engine with more than 400,000 pounds thrust fired for the first time at Santa 

• 12 Jan 1961 - Maj. Henry J. Deutschendorf Jr., flew a B-58 Hustler from Carswell AFB, Texas, to six international speed and payload records in a single flight.

• 12 Jan 1971 - The Air Force contracted the Boeing Company to produce the short range attack missile for the FB-111, B-52 and proposed B-1.

• 12 Jan 1990 - Military Air Command announced that it would allow female aircrew members to participate in C-130 and C-141 airdrop missions.


• 13 Jan 1951 - Far East Air Forces flew the first effective Tarzon mission against a bridge at Kanggye, Korea. The six-ton radio-guided bomb destroyed 58 feet of the enemy-held structure.




• 13 Jan 1965 - The Air Force's XC-142A Verticle/Short Takeoff and Landing transport aircraft made a perfect first transition flight, taking off like a helicopter, adjusting its wings for conventional flight, and making a vertical landing.


        • 13 Jan 1975 - The Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. John L. McLucas, selects the General Dynamics YF-16 prototype as the U.S. Air Force's air combat fighter, a low-cost, lightweight, highly maneuverable fighter aircraft.

• 13 Jan 1993 - President George Bush ordered air strikes on 32 missile sites and air defense command centers in Iraq after Iraqi troops crossed the border with Kuwait. The strikes also targeted Iraq surface-to-air-missile sites south of the 32nd parallel.

• 13 Jan 1993 - U.S. Air Force Maj. Susan Helms, a member of the space shuttle Endeavor crew, becomes the first U.S. military woman in space.

• 13 Jan 1994 - The final F-15 Eagle of the 32nd Fighter Group departs Soesterberg AB, ending 40 years of U.S. Air Force operations in the Netherlands.

• 14 Jan 1943 - Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker promoted a daylight-bombing offensive for U.S. Forces.

• 14 Jan 1960 - Eglin AFB, Fla. conducted the first test launch of a rocket-borne transmitter.

• 14 Jan 1961 - Maj. William R. Payne flew a B-58 Hustler from Carswell AFB, Texas, in a flight that broke three records. Major Payne later won the Thompson Trophy, an annual award for supremacy in closed circuit flying.

• 14 Jan 1977 - The DOD directed the Air Force to begin full-scale production of the air-launched cruise missile.


• 15 Jan 1948 - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, approved the development of satellite components and satellites.

• 15 Jan 1950- General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold dies of a heart ailment in Sonoma, Calif.

• 15 Jan 1958 - The U.S. Air Force activated the 4751st Air Defense Missile Wing and assigned it the mission of developing and conducting training for BOMARC missile units.

• 15 Jan 1959 - Strategic Air Command's first integrated ICBM and bomber forces by moving the 703 SMW (Titan) and 706 SMW (Atlas) from the 1st Missile Division to 15th AF.

• 15 Jan 1977 - First Laser Maverick missile with Block 1 seeker launched successfully.

• 15 Jan 1991 - Air Force Systems Command turned over Vandenberg AFB, Calif. and its launch facilities to Air Force Space Command.


• 16 Jan 1970 - Strategic Air Command retired its last B-58 Hustlers as two bombers from the 43 BMW at Little Rock AFB, Ark., and two from the 305th BMW at Grissom AFB, Ind., flew to the aircraft storage facility at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

• 16 Jan 1971 - Pacific Air Forces terminated all fixed-wing herbicide operations in Southeast Asia.

• 16 Jan 1974 - The 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron evacuated 93 people from flooded areas near Pinehurst, Idaho through Jan. 19th.

• 16 Jan 1975 - Majs. Roger J. Smith, David W. Peterson, and William R. MacFarlane using the F-15A Streak Eagle in tests set eight-time-to-climb records at Grand Forks AFB, N.D., though Feb 1. The men earned the MacKay Trophy for these flights.

• 13 Dec 1982 - Military Airlift Command aircraft airlifted tents, blankets, medical supplies, and generators into Yemen after a major earthquake.

• 14 Dec 1950 - During the Korean War, due to advancing Chinese troops, through Dec. 17, the Combat Cargo Command moved 228 patients, 3,891 passengers, and 20,088 tons of cargo from Yonpo Airfield. The airlift support helped to evacuate the Army's X Corps from the Hamhung-Hungnam area in northeastern Korea. A Far East Air Forces airplane dropped the first six-ton Tarzon on a tunnel near Huichon with limited effectiveness.

• 14 Dec 1959 - Capt. Joe B. Jordan set a FAI altitude record of 103,395.9 feet at Edwards AFB, Calif., in a Lockheed F-104C Starfighter.

• 14 Dec 1960 - In a nonstop, non-refueled flight, Lt. Col. T. R. Grissom and crew flew their B-52G over a record 10,079-mile closed course. They flew from Edwards AFB, Calif., over Texas, Washington, D.C., Newfoundland, Alaska, Montana and back to Edwards. They had fuel for 1,000 more miles after the 19-hour, 44-minute flight.

• 14 Dec 1964 - The first armed reconnaissance mission flown in Laos, code-named Barrel Roll, this mission initiated tactical fighter operations in Southeast Asia on a continuous basis

• 14 Dec 1966 - Col. Albert R. Howarth demonstrated exemplary courage and airmanship under the most hazardous conditions of darkness and intense enemy fire while participating in a Southeast Asia combat mission. He received the Mackay Trophy for his flight.

• 14 Dec 1970 - The final Minuteman III research and development, and the last intercontinental ballistic missile launch, from Cape Kennedy succeeded.

• 14 Dec 1986 - Chuck Yeager left Edwards AFB, Calif., on a record-setting flight to Kitty Hawk, N.C.

• 14 Dec 1989 - For the first time, Military Airlift Command allows women to serve as crew members on C-130 and C-141 airdrop missions. This marks the entry of women into combat crew roles.




• 15 Dec 1942 - Nine B-24s from the 376th Bomb Group bombed Sfax to open Ninth Air Force's campaign against Tunisian ports.



• 15 Dec 1950 - During the Korean War, the 4th Fighter Interceptor Group inaugurated F-86 Sabrejet operations in Korea. Far East Air Forces Bomber Command launched its first mission in a new zone interdiction plan.

• 15 Dec 1951 - The U.S. Air Force directed the military air transport service to develop the Civil Reserve Air Fleet program.

• 15 Dec 1957 - The 556th Strategic Missile Squadron activated at Patrick AFB, Fla., to train missile crews and conduct test launches. It was Strategic Air Command's first operational SM-62 Snark squadron and first missile squadron.

• 15 Dec 1959 - Capt. Joseph W. Rogers flew an F-106 Delta Dart to 1,520.9-mph speed record on an 11-mile straight course at Edwards AFB, Calif.

• 15 Dec 1961 - The first class of five military space pilots graduated from the eight-month Aerospace Research Pilots School.

15 Dec 1964 - Strategic Air Command inactivated the last Atlas D missile squadron, the 549th Strategic Missile Squadron, at Offutt AFB, Neb.

• 15 Dec 1964 - The first U.S. Air Force gunship, the AC-47 enters combat in Vietnam.

• 15 Dec 1964 - In a FC-47, Capt. Jack Harvey and his crew flew the first gunship mission in the Vietnam War. The FC-47 later became the AC-47. It was equipped with Gatling guns in its cargo bay.

• 15 Dec 1969 - The U.S. agreed to withdraw from Wheelus AB, Libya.

• 15 Dec 1992 - The following Air Force bases close: England AFB; La.; Eaker AFB, Ark.; and George AFB, Calif.

• 16 Dec 1958 - Launching operations began down the Pacific Missile Range with a successful Thor missile shot from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. This was the first ballistic missile flight over the Pacific Ocean.

• 16 Dec 1958 - At Dover AFB, Del., Brig. Gen. Robert J. Goewey flew a C-133 Cargomaster to airlift the heaviest load in aviation history to date. The aircraft carried 117,000 pounds to 10,000 feet.

• 16 Dec 1960 - From Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Strategic Air Command fired the first Atlas-D equipped with a Mark-3 nose cone over a 4,384-mile course to Eniwetok Atoll

• 16 Dec 1960 - The semi-automatic ground environment facility at Gunter AFS, Ala., controlled two BOMARC-B missiles launched from Eglin AFB, Fla., and directed their interception of a B-47 drone flying at 500 mph at 30,000 feet.

• 16 Dec 1963 - A 13-man Air Force and Army team set a 41,000-foot free-fall parachute record.





• 16 Dec 1970 - The 509th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB, N.H., received Strategic Air Command's first combat-capable FB-111-A.

• 16 Dec 1976 - First F-16A Fighting Falcon delivered to Edwards AFB, Calif. for testing.

• 16 Dec 1982 - The 416th Bombardment Wing at Griffiss AFB, N.Y., became the first Strategic Air Command unit to be operationally equipped with air-launched cruise missiles.