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• 17 Jun 1942 – U.S. army Air Corps tow planes picked up their first gliders.

• 17 Jun 1943 - Tinfoil strips (chaff) were used to confuse German radar so American bombers could strike targets during Project Window.

• 17 Jun 1958 - The U.S. Air Force accepted the Martin Company's first Titan I.







• 17 Jun 1964 - The tri-service XC-142A--a vertical takeoff and landing, or VTOL, aircraft--made its roll-out in Dallas.

• 17 Jun 1968 - The first C-9 Nightingale aeromedical evacuation aircraft ordered by Military Airlift Command for airlift of patients within the United States is rolled out at McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, Long Beach, Calif.

• 17 Jun 1975 - Detachment 5, 37th Air Rescue and Recovery Service, saved 131 flood victims from a 13-county flood in Montana.

• 17 Jun 1983 - The U.S. Air Force launched the first Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Its unarmed reentry vehicles landed in the Kwajalein target area.

• 17 Jun 1985 - Strategic Air Command initiated studies of five alternative basing modes in case Congress approved the second installment of 50 Peacekeeper missiles. The modes included superhardened silos in pattern array, superhard silos in Minuteman spaced basing, rail mobility, multiple protective shelters and ground mobility.

• 17 Jun 1986 - Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, retired the last operational UC-123K Provider.

• 17 Jun 1993 - Lt. Col. Patricia Fornes assumes command of the 740th Missile Squadron at Minot AFB, N.D. She is the first woman commander of a combat missile squadron.

• 17 Jun 1996 - The U. S. Air Force selected Lockheed-Martin Integrated Systems of Orlando, Fla., and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace of St. Louis, Mo., to compete to build the new Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.

• 17 Jun 1997 - A C-5A Galaxy from the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover AFB, Del., flew from Andrews AFB, Md., to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on the 500th humanitarian airlift mission supporting Operation Provide Hope.

• 18 Jun 1957 - Strategic Air Command placed the KC-135 Stratotanker into service.

• 18 Jun 1962 - Aerospace Research Pilot School, the first for operational personnel, began a seven-month course at Edwards AFB, Calif., with seven Air Force officers and one U. S. Navy officer.

• 18 Jun 1963 - A Strategic Air Command crew launched the first Minuteman missile under simulated combat conditions.

• 18 Jun 1964 - General Dynamics delivered the first RB/WB-57F (a Canberra B-57 modified with extremely long wings) to the Air Weather Service for its aerial sampling mission.

• 18 Jun 1965 - The Titan III-C, the first liquid-fuel spacecraft lifted by solid-fuel rockets, completed its maiden flight.

• 18 Jun 1965 - Strategic Air Command B-52s are used for the first time in Vietnam when 28 aircraft, flying from Guam, strike Vietcong targets near Saigon.

• 18 Jun 1968 - In three years of Vietnam operational, Strategic Air Command's B-52 accomplished more than 25,000 sorties to deliver more than 630,000 tons of conventional bombs.

• 18 Jun 1974 - At Edwards AFB, Calif., Lt. Col. James G. Rider became the first U.S. Air Force pilot to fly the YF-17.

• 18 Jun 1981 - First flight of the F-117A Nighthawk at Edwards AFB, Calif.

• 18 Jun 1996 - The 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, Japan, once again became a "Wild Weasel," unit in a brief formal ceremony. The 35th began its training in the radar detection and suppression mission at George AFB, Calif., in July 1973 with F-105s, later F-4Cs and F-4Gs. In Operation Desert Storm, the wing's 24 F-4Gs flew more than 1,180 combat sorties in the Arabian Gulf, suppressing enemy air defenses, with no losses incurred. The 35th FW activated at Misawa on Oct. 1, 1994 to operate 36 F-16CJ aircraft.




• 19 Jun 1944 - American pilots shot down 476 Japanese aircraft in a battle known as "The Marianas Turkey Shoot" through June 20. The U.S. lost 130 planes. Navy submarines and aircraft also sank three Japanese carriers. Afterwards, Japanese naval airpower was not a serious threat to U.S. forces in the Pacific.

• 19 Jun 1947 - Col. Albert Boyd set a world speed record of 623.8 mph, flying an XP-80R jet airplane over a three-kilometer course at Muroc Field, Calif.

• 19 Jun 1961 - The first Atlas F arrived at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

• 19 Jun 1962 - A superpressure balloon launched at Kindley AFB, Bermuda, on May 31, 1962, landed near Iwo Jima after 19 days at a constant altitude of 68,000 feet.

• 19 Jun 1970 - Minuteman III missiles become operational.

• 19 Jun 1977 - Capt. David M. Sprinkel flew his C-5, with a 40-ton superconducting magnet aboard, nonstop from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. The 5,124 nautical-mile flight needed two aerial refuelings. This was the first time a Military Airlift Command C-5 landed in the Soviet Union, and the flight received the Mackay Trophy for 1977.

• 19 Jun 1986 - All U.S. Air Force Rapier surface-to-air-missiles in Europe became operational. The British provided this missile defense system by agreement to U.S. Air Force bases in Europe.

• 19 Jun 1998 - The first of four C-32As left Boeing's plant in Seattle and flew to the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Md. The military version of Boeing's 757-200 replaced the VC-137 aircraft in the presidential airlift fleet.


• 20 Jun 1951 - The Air Force announced the launching of its first B-61 Matador, a pilotless aircraft, at the Missile Test Center, Fla.

• 20 Jun 1973 - At Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Strategic Air Command accepted the first Minuteman III missile flight. They belonged to Strategic Missile Wing and the 400th Strategic Missile Squadron.​


• 20 Jun 1974 - The Department of Defense announced that the A-10 won a comparative fly-off with the A-7


• 20 Jun 1976 - After entering Mars orbit on June 19, the Viking I lander touched down and began taking soil samples.

• 20 Jun 1980 - Strategic Air Command conducted an unannounced exercise called Global Shield II, at 44 bases lasting through June 29. It involved more than 100,000 people and 437 aircraft flying 1,035 sorties.

• 20 Jun 1984 - After a two-year operational test and evaluation program, the 384th Air Refueling Wing at McConnell AFB, Kan., received the first reengined KC-135R.


• 21 June 1945 - WWII: US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa.



• 21 Jun 1954 - Maj. Gen. Walter C. Sweeney Jr., 15th Air Force commander, led three 22nd Bombardment Wing B-47s on a 6,700-mile nonstop flight from March AFB, Calif., to Yokota AB, Japan in less than 15 hours with two KC-97 refuelings. This longest point-to-point B-47 flight to date marked its first appearance in the Far East.


• 21 Jun 1954 - The U.S. Air Force directed the Air Research and Development Command to create a Western Development Division under Brig. Gen. Bernard A. Schriever to accelerate the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile program.

• 21 Jun 1957 - A U.S. Air Force precision team of six F-100C Super Sabres flew from Kindley AFB, Bermuda, to Bedford, Mass. They covered the 683 nautical miles in a record of one hour, 13 minutes.

• 21 Jun 1960 - The last operational flight of a B-29 ended on June 21 when a 6023rd Radar Evaluation Squadron RB-29 landed at Naha AB, Japan, after a routine electronic countermeasure training mission. On June 30, the unit's last four aircraft were salvaged. In addition, Pacific Air Forces' last C-119 Flying Boxcars were transferred to India under the Military Assistance Program.

• 21 Jun 1972 - The McDonnell Douglas DC10-30 first flew.

• 21 Jun 1982 - Strategic Air Command's tanker operations accomplished another milestone when a KC-10A transferred a record 67,400 pounds of fuel to a Military Airlift Command C-141 some 750 miles north of the South Pole in Operation Deep Freeze.

• 21 Jun 1984 - A KC-10A from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at March AFB, Calif., flying the first time from Christchurch IAP, New Zealand, refueled a C-141B three times on its way to resupply the U.S. Antarctic bases at the South Pole and McMurdo Sound.

• 21 Jun 1985 - Three C-123K Providers with aerial spray capabilities responded to an infestation of grasshoppers in southern Idaho. The aircraft treated more than 735,000 acres in 73 sorties to end the agricultural threat to private croplands.


• 22 Jun 1943 - Eighth Air Force bombed Germany's Ruhr industrial area for the first time, hitting the chemical works and synthetic rubber at Huls so severely that it could not resume full production for six months.

• 22 Jun 1944 - The 318th Fighter Group, Seventh Air Force, pioneered the use of napalm fire bombs during the June 22-29 fight for Saipan.

• 22 Jun 1944 - After the second raid during Operation Frantic, the Luftwaffe attacked the B-17s at Poltava, destroying 47 and damaging 19 more.





• 22 Jun 1946 - Two U.S. Army Air Forces P-80s left Schenectady, N.Y., for Washington, D.C. and Chicago to make the first airmail deliveries by jet.

• 22 Jun 1956 - The Air Force Reserve demonstrated its ability to carry out sustained operations for the first time lasting through Sept. 15 in Operation Sixteen Ton. During the mission, Reserve aircrews flew 164 sorties to airlift 856,715 pounds of cargo to support long-range navigation stations for aircraft and vessels in the Caribbean. The mission fell under the operational control of Reserve airlift units from the CONAC's First, Tenth and Fourteenth Air Forces. Ultimately, 12 of the 13 Reserve C-46 and C-119 airlift wings participated. One of four aircraft left New York Naval Air Station daily for Miami IAP, Fla., where the 2585th Air Reserve Flying Center operated the traffic control center. From Miami, the planes either went to San Juan, Puerto Rico, or San Salvador AFB, Bahamas.

• 22 Jun 1960 - A Thor missile completed its first confidence firing at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

• 22 Jun 1965 - The initial F-X briefing called for a small, low cost, high performance aircraft capable of visual air-to-ground and air-to-air missions with an initial operating capability in the early 1970s.

• 22 Jun 1980 - After a Vietnamese incursion into Thailand lasting through July 8, the U.S. accelerated a shipment of military items to Thailand. Military Airlift Command C-141s flew six short-notice missions from several U.S. locations to deliver 127.8 tons of weapons and munitions to Bangkok.

• 22 Jun 1982 - After passing its operational readiness inspection, the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing's 313th Tactical Fighter Squadron became the first F-16 operationally ready squadron in the U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

• 22 Jun 1982 - The first KC-135R re-engined with CFM-56 engines rolled out of the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kan.

• 22 Jun 1983 - The Air Force extended the B-1B test program to include air launched cruise missile carriage capability testing.

• 22 Jun 1994 - Air Mobility Command dispatched two C-5As and two C-141s lasting through June 30, to move 50 armored vehicles from Rhein-Main AB, Germany to Entebbe Airport in Kampala, Uganda, for U.N. forces deploying to Rwanda. Another three C-141s airlifted a Tanker Airlift Control Element, equipment and cargo for the operation.






• 23 Jun 1942 – The first Bolero flight with seven P-38’s and two B-17’s left Presque Isle, Maine, for England to begin the buildup of U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

• 23 Jun 1944 - While escorting B-17s on a raid to Ploesti, the 52nd Fighter Group downed 12 enemy aircraft. This gave the unit 102 aerial victories in 30 days for a record that was never equaled by another group in Europe.

• 23 Jun 1944 - 2nd Lt. David R. Kingsley, 97th Bombardment Group, Fifteenth Air Force, received a Medal of Honor for putting his own parachute on his wounded tail-gunner (whose chute had been damaged). Lt. Kingsley was directly responsible for saving the life of the wounded gunner by sacrificing his own.

• 23 Jun 1953 - Tactical Air Command transferred its F-51 aircraft, the U.S. Air Force's last propeller-driven fighter in front-line service, from the 366th Fighter-Bomber Wing.

• 23 Jun 1961 - Maj. Robert White set a speed record for manned airplanes by flying the X-15 at 3,603 mph. He attained this speed with a 75-second full-throttle operation of the XLR-99 engine.

• 23 Jun 1972 - At Edwards AFB, Calif., Maj. Larry D. Fortner became the first U.S. Air Force pilot to fly Northrop's A-9A.

• 23 Jun 1987 - The 308th Strategic Missile Wing removed the last Titan II from its silo at Little Rock AFB, Ark. This removal ended the deployment of the Titan II in SAC's strategic arsenal.


• 24 Jun 1943 - Lt. Col. W.R. Lovelace made a record parachute jump from 42,200 feet.

• 24 Jun 1963 - Strategic Air Command accepted the first flight of 10 Minuteman I missiles at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., with the 66th Strategic Missile Squadron.

• 24 Jun 1987 - President Ronald Reagan signed National Security Decision Directive No. 280, National Airlift Policy, to redefine the roles of military and commercial airlift. It made both important and interdependent for fulfilling national security mobility requirements.

• 24 Jun 1993 - The U.S. Air Force authorized the destruction of B-52 Stratofortress bombers and LGM-30F Minuteman II silos. The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., started destroying the 363 B-52s immediately.

• 24 Jun 1997 - EF-111A Ravens from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron at Cannon AFB, N.M., left Turkey for home after nearly 2,100 days of deployment to support the two operations.

• 24 Jun 1998 - Air Mobility Command announced a modernization program to re-engine its entire C-5 fleet during a 10- to 12-year period. Besides new engines, the modernization included a comprehensive avionics upgrade with the new All Weather Flight Control System and Global Air Traffic Management equipment.

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