On this day in 1985 the British Aerospace Harrier II had its maiden flight. The Harrier II is a second-generation … Continue reading The Harrier II has its maiden flight
On this day in 1949, Edwin F. Schoch made the first flight of the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin Parasite fighter. After … Continue reading The USAF Experiments With Parasite Fighters
On this day in 1947, the US Navy launched two P2 V-3C Neptune aircraft from the USS Coral Sea off … Continue reading The US Navy Becomes Nuclear Strike Capable
On this day in 1962 the Lockheed A-12 “Oxcart” had its maiden flight. The A-12 was a reconnaissance aircraft designed … Continue reading Oxcart Takes to the Skies
On this day in 1946, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Chester Nimitz ordered that “A…Flight Exhibition Team be organized within … Continue reading The Blues Take Flight
On this day in 1965 the first production C-141A Starlifter was delivered to the USAF Military Airlift Command. The Starlifter … Continue reading The Starlifter Enters Service
On this day in 1961 Major Robert White piloted the X-15 on its first full-throttle flight, reaching a speed of … Continue reading First full-throttle flight of the X-15
On this day in 1960 the A-6 Intruder had its maiden flight. Designed by Gruman Aerospace, it served as an … Continue reading First Flight of the Intruder
On this day in 1942, The United States performed the first air raid on the Japanese Homeland. This raid has, overtime, come to be known as The Doolittle Raid.
The Doolittle raid was a daring strike of Tokyo and other locations on Honshu island by 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers. What made this raid particularly noteworthy is the fact that the bombers were launched not from a land base, but from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet.
On this day in history, the Apollo 13 command module finally splashed down in the Pacific Ocean southwest of American … Continue reading Apollo 13 Splashdown