Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association

  • 09 Oct 1958 – Lt. Clifton McClure ascended to 98,000 feet in a balloon during Project man High III.
  • 09 Oct 1961 - Maj. Robert White attained 4,093 mph in the X-15 in a flight at Edwards AFB, Calif.








  • 09 Oct 1961 – Lt. Raymond H. Vos, Taking part in the T-38 test at Randolph AFB, Texas, became the first student to solo in a supersonic plane.  

  • 09 Oct 1964 – Tactical Air Command received its first RF-4C aircraft.

  • 09 Oct 1973 - The Board on Geographic Names restored Cape Kennedy to its original name, Cape Canaveral. Later on April 1, 1974, the Air Force re-designated Cape Kennedy AFS as Cape Canaveral AFS.
  • 09 Oct 1999 - The final SR-71 Blackbird flight occurred during the Edwards AFB, Calif., open House and Air Show. NASA Dryden Flight Research Center pilot Rogers Smith and flight engineer Marta Bohn-Meyer flew the aircraft to Mach 3.21 at 80,100 feet

  






  • 10 Oct 1943 – Eighth Air Force sent 313 heavy bombers to attack Munster, Germany, where 33 aircraft were destroyed and 102 damaged.

  • 10 Oct 1946 – Headquarters U.S. Army Air Force assigned Strategic Air Command the additional mission of sea search and anti-submarine warfare. A few weeks later, the 509th Bomb Group deployed its B-29’s to Rio Hato, Panama, to join Navy forces in Operation Nullus.
  • 10 Oct 1950 – The U.S. Air Force activated the first Air National Guard units to support the Korean War. The U.S. eventually mobilized 66 flying units and 45,000 guardsmen into federal service. An H-5 crew from the 3rd Air Reserve Squadron administered blood plasma to a rescued pilot for the first time while a helicopter was in flight. The crewmembers received the Silver Star for this action
  • 10 October 1963 – The seven original Mercury astronauts received the Collier Trophy for their flights to orbit the earth.
  • 10 Oct 1967 – The 351st Strategic Missile Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo, fielded the first Minuteman II Emergency Rocket Communication System. It replaced the Blue Scout Junior ERCS system in Nebraska.
  • 10 Oct 1972 – Competitive flight tests between the A-9 and A-10 began.
  • 10 Oct 1982 - Boeing's AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile flew its last flight at Edwards AFB, Calif. 






  • 10 Oct 1983 – The C-20A flew its first operational mission.

  • 10 Oct 1986 - The U.S. Air Force placed the Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile on alert.

  • 10 Oct 1994 - When Iraq troops massed on the Kuwaiti border, U.S. Air Force airlifters started flying troops to the Persian Gulf during Operation Vigilant Warrior. The number of planes also increased form 77 to 270 as the US. Air Force sent more F-15E Strike Eagles, F-16 Fighting Falcons, and A-10 Thunderbolt is to the region.

  • 11 Oct 1945 – the Army launched a U.S. made ballistic missile for the first time at White Sands Proving Ground, N.M. The Tiny Tim booster, with a WAC Corporal rocket, reached 43 miles in altitude.






  • 11 Oct 1947 – The Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter, a transport variant of the B-29 Superfortress, began service in Air Training Command. It would be configured to transport material, troops, or casualties.
  • 11 Oct 1957 - A Thor missile launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. became the second to be tested successfully in the program. It exceeded the designed 1,500-mile range and landed in the Atlantic Ocean some 2,000 miles away from the Cape.

  • 11 Oct 1958 – The U.S. Air Force launched Pioneer 1, a lunar probe vehicle, to 80,000 miles in height before it fell back to earth on October 13th.

  • 11 Oct 1961 – Maj. Robert White flew the X-15 to 215,000 feet at Edwards AFB, Calif
  • 11 Oct 1961 – President John F. Kennedy authorized a detachment from the 440th Combat Crew Training Squadron, later part of the 1st Air Commando Group, with 151 officers and enlisted men and eight T-28, four SC-47, and four RB-26 aircraft to deploy to South Vietnam as Project Farm Gate. The unit arrived in Vietnam on Nov. 14th and flew its first T-28 strike mission from Bien Hoa AFB on Dec. 26th. The Farm Gate aircraft carried Vietnamese air force markings. The aircraft were used until April 1st, 1964.
  • 11 Oct 1968 – Apollo VII, the first manned mission in the lunar landing program launched from the Kennedy Space Center Complex 34, on a Saturn IB booster. The crew, which included Maj. Don F. Eisele, splashed down on Oct. 22nd after completing 163 revolutions of the earth.
  • 11 Oct 1970 – The U.S. Air Force’s first undergraduate helicopter pilot student entered training at Fort Wolters, Texas. The Army program was geared to train 225 Air Force pilots a year.
  • 11 Oct 1984 - Military Airlift Command flew U.S. Secret Service vehicles to Puerto Rico to protect Pope John Paul II during his visit to San Juan.
  • 11 Oct 1985 - A 438th Military Airlift Wing C-141 Starlifter flew 11 American survivors from the hijacked Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro, from Cairo, Egypt to Newark Liberty International Airport, N.J.
  • 11 Oct 1986 - The Air Force flew medicine and other supplies through Oct.16, to El Salvador's capital city after an earthquake destroyed 96 percent of its buildings.

  • 11 Oct 1995 - The F-111 Aardvark began flying to the aircraft graveyard at Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz., after a decision to retire all F-111s from service.






  • 12 Oct 1944 – Lt. Chuck Yeager shot down five of his 12 ½ aircraft victories in a single engagement.

  • 12 Oct 1950 – Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command began to airlift South Korean Military supplies to Wonsan and 600 tons of bridge section to Kimpo airfield.

  • 12 Oct 1964 – The XB70A achieved supersonic flight for the first time above Edwards AFB, Ca
  • 12 Oct 1967 – The FAA certified the all-weather landing system for the C-141 Starlifter.

  • 12 Oct 1977 - The U.S. Air Force's first class of five women navigators graduated. Three of the five women were assigned to Military Airlift Command aircrews.

  • 12 Oct 1980 - On Oct. 10, two earthquakes struck El Asnam, Algeria, killing at least 6,000 people and leaving about 200,000 homeless. From Oct. 12-26, one C-130, two C-5 and 14 C-141 missions airlifted some 400 tons of relief supplies to Algeria.
  • 12 Oct 1997 - The Secretary of Defense deployed U.S. military assets to support fire-fighting efforts in Indonesia as part of a technical assistance package to the most seriously affected countries in that region. Military support included 60 crew and support personnel for three C-130 aircraft, two equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems, and one flying in support. The crew and aircraft came from the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard. Pacific Air Forces directed the operation to drop 685,000 gallons of water and fire retardant in Java and Sumatra. The operation ended in December after 194 sorties.
  • 12 Oct 1998 - The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB, Miss. received the U.S. Air Force's first WC-130J Hercules aircraft. The WC-130J outfitted as a special weather reconnaissance version of Lockheed-Martin's C-130J cargo plane, had a mission to fly into the eye of hurricanes to retrieve critical information about active storms.




  • 13 Oct 1959 – A B-47 shot the last of twelve Bold Orion air launched ballistic missiles 1,000 miles down the Atlantic Missile Range.  This ended the demonstration program for the system that became Skybolt.
  • 13 Oct 1960 - Near Ascension Island three black mice (Sally, Amy and Moe) were recovered in good condition after surviving a 5,000-mile flight in a nosecone of an Atlas booster launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. They reached 650 miles in altitude and 17,000 mph.
  • 13 Oct 1968 – The last HU-16B Albatross amphibians in the Pacific Air Forces left Naha AB, Okinawa, leaving search and rescue units with no long-range capability. Replacement HH-3E rescue helicopters arrived at Naha in December.
  • 13 Oct 1970 – Training started for 203 Airmen to serve as air marshals on U.S. commercial aircraft.
  • 13 Oct 1970 – Training started for 203 Airmen to serve as air marshals on U.S. commercial aircraft.
  • 13 Oct 1972 – An F-4 weapons system officer, Capt. Jeffrey S. Feinstein, shot down his fifth MiG-21 to become the third and final ace of the Vietnam War. For this feat, Captain Feinstein shared the 1972 Mackay Trophy with Capts. Richard S. “Steve” Ritchie and Charles B. DeBellevue.
  • 13 Oct 1984 - President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that created a National Commission on Space to prepare a 20-year agenda for a civilian space program.
  • 13 Oct 1999 - The U.S. Air Force terminated its Enhanced Flying Screening Program for new pilots and ended its use of the T-3A Firefly. At this time, there were 110 T-3As in the U.S. Air Force inventory.
  • 13 Oct 1999 - The X-43A, a Hypersonic Flight Research Vehicle and the world's first hypersonic air-breathing free-flight vehicle, arrived at Edwards AFB, Calif., for testing by NASA'S Dryden Flight Research Center. The X-43 involved Supersonic Combustible Ramjet, or "Scramjet," technology. A successful flight in 2001 would make it the first vehicle with a non-rocket engine to fly at hypersonic speeds. NASA planned three test flights, two at Mach 7 and one at Mach 10, over the Western Test Range off the coast of southern California. Micro Craft, Inc., of Tullahoma, Tenn., built the 12-foot-long, unpiloted vehicle for NASA'S Hyper-X program.





  • 14 Oct 1940 – Maj. Reuben Moffat, 22rd Persuit Group Commander, became the first U.S. Army Air Corps pilot to fly an aircraft off a carrier. He flew his Curtiss P-40 off the USS Wasp, along with 24 other P-40’s, and nine North American P-47’s, to test deployment procedures off Virginia’s coast.

  • 14 Oct 1943 - The 8th Air Force returns to the Ball Bearing Works at Schweinfurt. Sixty bombers are lost, temporarily causing a suspension of bomber raids deep into Germany. The widespread introduction of the long ranged P-51 Mustang allows the campaign to resume in earnest after the beginning of 1944.

  • 14 Oct 1947 – Capt. Charles “Chuck” E. Yeager, at Muroc Army Air Field, Calif, makes the first faster-than-sound flight in a rocket-powered research plane, the Bell XS-1 Rocket Ship. Captain Yeager is awarded the Mackay Trophy for the most meritorious flight of the year.

  • 14 Oct 1947 – Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal, approved the Air Force’s control over all surface to surface “pilotless aircraft” and strategic missiles. The Army gained control over all tactical missiles.

  • 14 Oct 1950 – Two Communist aircraft, probably from Sinuiju on the Chinese border, raided Inchon Harbor and Kimpo Airfield while Chinese Communist Forces troops began entering North Korea from Manchuria.
  • 14 Oct 1953 - The X-10 prototype of the North American B-64 Navaho, a ramjet-propelled surface-to-surface guided missile, made its first flight.
  • 14 Oct 1957 – Strategic Air Command retired its first B-47 type aircraft, an RB-47E to the aircraft storage facility at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. This retirement started the B-47 phase out program.
  • 14 Oct 1961 - During Operation Sky Shield II, North American Aerospace Defense conducted this operation for two days. The largest air defense exercise in the Western hemisphere to date involved thousands of NORAD and Strategic Air Command airplanes and sorties, and it grounded all commercial aircraft for 12 hours.



  • 14 Oct 1962 – While flying his U-2 over Cuba, Maj. Richard S. Heyser took photos of Russian intermediate missiles. His discovery led to the oct. 22nd quarantine of Cuba, the Missile Crisis and a Soviet promise to remove the missiles on Nov 20th. A combined Tactical Air Command and military air transport service airlift force of C-123’s, C-124’s, and C-130’s delivered 10,500 passengers and 7,500 tons of cargo to Marine, Army, and U.S. Air Force bases in the southern U.S.

  • 14 Oct 1965 – Company pilot Alvin S. White and Col. Joseph F. Cotton flew the North American XB-70A, Valkyrie, to its designed Mach 3 speed of 2,000 mph at 70,000 feet in a one-hour, 47-minute test flight over Edwards AFB, Calif.
  • 14 Oct 1969 – A C-5A Galaxy lifted off the Edwards AFB, Calif., runway with a gross weight of 798,200 pounds to set a world record.
  • 14 Oct 1970 - Typhoon Joan swept over the central Philippines, killing over 500 people. Pacific Air Forces airlift forces moved 751,200 pounds of cargo and 453 passengers in 80 sorties.
  • 14 Oct 1972 - The first F-111F wing became operationally ready.
  • 14 Oct 1972 – For their long-distance nonstop flight at Mach 3, in an SR-71 “Black Bird”, Lt. Cols. Thomas B. Estes and Dewain C. Vick, received the Harmon International Aviation Trophy.
  • 14 Oct 1973 - During the Yom Kippur War and Operation Nickel Grass, Military Airlift Command delivered 22,395 tons of materiel from 20 locations in the U.S. to Israel in the 1973 war. MAC completed this airlift, with a one-way distance of 6,450 miles, in 567 C-5 and C-141 missions. By comparison, the Soviets supplies 15,000 tons to the Arabs in 40 days flying over a route of 1,700 miles in 935 missions.






  • 14 Oct 1977 - Retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. Yeager flew an F-104 faster than sound to repeat his historical event of 1947.

  • 14 Oct 1981 - Tactical Airlift Command deployed two E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft to Egypt to help preserve calm after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.
  • 14 Oct 1982 - Retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. Yeager flew an F-5G (later F-20) above Edwards AFB, Calif., faster than sound to commemorate the 35th anniversary of his 1947 flight.

  • 14 Oct 1983 – Second Peacekeeper test flight missile launched from Vandenberg AFB, Ca.

  • 14 Oct 1994 - Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs flew equipment and supplies from Langley AFB, Va. to Saudi Arabia in the aircraft's first operational mission lasting through Oct. 16. The first C-17 airlifted a "rolling command post," five vehicles, and assorted supplies of the U.S. Army's 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Va. En route to the Persian Gulf, the C-17 received fuel from KC-135s twice. A second C-17 mission to the Gulf region left Charleston AFB, S.C. on Oct.15 after on loading cargo at Langley AFB, Va. This C-17 also received two refuelings on a 14.7 hour nonstop flight. After a four-hour layover, the C-17 returned to Charleston on Oct. 16. Two aerial refueling allowed the C-17 to make a 17.2 hour flight, the largest mission to date.

  • 14 Oct 1997 - Retired Brig. Gen. Charles "Chuck" Yeager broke the sound barrier again in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 people at Edwards AFB, Calif. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his historic supersonic flight. Gen. Yeager flew an F-15 Eagle while his first supersonic flight chase pilot and long-time friend, Bob Hoover, and Air Force Flight Training Center Vice Commander James Doolittle III flew an F-16 Fighting Falcon for chase.
  • 14 Oct 1998 - The 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Md. received the first C-37A, the military version of the Gulfstream V business jet.

  • 15 Oct 1950 – Strategic Air Command retired its first B-47 type aircraft, an RB-47E to the aircraft storage facility at Davis-Monthan, AFB, Arizona. This retirement started the B-47 phase out program.



  • 15 Oct 1950 – In Phase II of Fox Able three, 91 F-84E Thunderjets from the 27th Fighter Expeditionary Wing left Bergstrom AFB, Texas for Furstenfeldbruk, Germany, following the same route as the 90 aircraft in Phase I. Bad weather, however, delayed the F-84’s at several stops. As a result, the jets did not arrive in Germany until Oct. 28th. Gen. Hoyt S. Vanderberg gave the Mackay Trophy on Dec 11th, 1951, to Col. Raymond f. Rudell, the wing commander, for this operation.

  • 15 Oct 1950 – During the Korean War, the Chinese Communist Forces antiaircraft artillery shot down an F-51 for the first time over the Yalu River near Sinuiju. Headquarters Fifth Air Force in Korea opened in Seoul.

  • 15 Oct 1954 – The 92nd Bombardment Wing deployed its B-36’s from Fairchild AFB, Wash, to Andersen AFB, Guam for 90 days. This was the first time an entire B-36 wing had deployed overseas.

  • 15 Oct 1959 - The Air Force Ballistic Missile Committee approved Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., as the first Titan II base.

  • 15 Oct 1964 – General Dynamics unveiled its TFX fighter at Fort Worth, Texas. The U.S. Air Force version became the F-111A.

  • 15 Oct 1969 - In New Mexico's Sacramento Mountains, the U.S. Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory dedicated a 365-foot long, $3.3 million solar vacuum telescope. At 9,200 feet, the telescope viewed solar centers of activity (sunspots, magnetic fields, and solar flares). It was also part of the Global Flare Patrol Network supporting Apollo XII.

  • 15 Oct 1970 – From Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, the 13th Bomb Squadron flew its first night interdiction combat mission in Vietnam with the Tropic Moon B-57G aircraft.

  • 15 Oct 1985 – The T-46 next generation training aircraft made its first flight at Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • 15 Oct 1999 - A 62nd Airlift Wing C-17 from McChord AFB, Wash. landed a Globemaster III on an airstrip of frozen seawater at McMurdo Naval Air Station in Antarctica. The first flight of a C-17 delivered a cargo of mail, fresh fruit, vegetables, and a telescope.





  • 16 Oct 1943 – Lockheed received a contract to produce the XP-80 Shooting Star, the first true American jet-propelled fighter.

  • 16 Oct 1957 - The U.S. Air Force launched artificial meteors that exceeded 33,000 mph, some 8,000 mph faster than the velocity needed to escape earth. Carried by an Aerobee rocket to a height of 35 miles, the nose cone then rose to 54 miles where shaped charges blasted the pellets into space.

  • 16 Oct 1958 - North American Aviation, Inc. received a contract to build the Hound Dog air-to-surface missile.

  • 16 Oct 1963 - The U.S. Air Force set up a nuclear detection system by launching twin satellites from Cape Canaveral into circular 57,000-mile-high orbits on opposing sides of the earth. The 47-pound, 20-sided satellites, known as Project Vela Hotel or Project 823, could detect nuclear explosions from 186,000,000 miles away.

  • 16 Oct 1963 - Maj. Sidney J. Kubesch flew a Convair B-58 Hustler (normally assigned to the 305th Bombardment Wing at Bunker Hill AFB, Ind.) on the longest supersonic flight to date. He flew 8,028 miles from Tokyo to London in eight hours, 35 minutes. The B-58 used five inflight refuelings and flew at an average speed of 938 mph. Maj. Kubesch set two other records: speed from Tokyo to Anchorage, three hours, nine minutes, 42 seconds at 1,093.4 mph; and speed from Anchorage to London, five hours, 24 minutes, 54 seconds at 826.9 mph.

  • 16 Oct 1967 - The F-111A supersonic tactical fighter became operational with Tactical Air Command, when it flew from Forth Worth, Texas, using its terrain following radar guidance to Nellis AFB, Nev.

  • 16 Oct 1972 - The U.S. Air Force flew its A-7D Corsair II in combat for the first time. A-7s assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing deployed from Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C., to Korat AB, Thailand, six days earlier. (They deployed to Myrtle Beach in May 1974)
  • 16 Oct 1975 - The Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards AFB, Calif., fired the Super Hippo reusable solid propellant rocket motor for the first time.

  • 16 Oct 1978 - The first production F-15 arrived at Edwards AFB, Calif. from the St. Louis factory.



  • 16 Oct 1995 - The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron monitored the strength and movement of Hurricane Roxanne in the Gulf of Mexico through Oct. 17. The unit also searched for survivors of a pipe-laying barge sunk by the hurricane. One crew found a survivor in a raft and radioed his position to the Coast Guard, which then rescued 23 of the 236 survivors.

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