Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association





  • 17 Oct 1950 - During the Korean War, Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command began airlifting fuel and rations to Simmak, less than 50 miles southeast of Pyongyang, North Korea, to sustain a U.N. offensive toward the North Korean capital. The command also began aeromedical evacuation from Simmak to Kimpo.

  • 17 Oct 1963 - A 341st Strategic Missile Wing crew from Malmstrom AFB, Mont. launched the first Minuteman 1A missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. in an operational test that was only partially successful.
  • 17 Oct 1967 - The U.S. Air Force accomplished the final balloon launch in a series to test the feasibility of using parachutes with the Voyager capsule for a soft landing on Mars.
  • 17 Oct 1989 - Military Airlift Command aircraft delivered through Oct. 24 more than 250 tons of relief equipment and 100 passengers to the San Francisco Bay area after a 7.1 earthquake.

  • 18 Oct 1950 - During the Korean War, an RB-29 crew spotted more than 75 fighters at Antung Airfield, China, just across the Yalu River from North Korea. That intelligence suggested that Communist China might intervene in the war.




  • 18 Oct 1961 - The U.S. Air Force announced that its H-43B Huskie rescue helicopter had ascended to 32,840 feet to set a world altitude record for light (Class E-Id) helicopters.

  • 18 Oct 1962 - The Air Force Reserve mobilized eight troop carrier wings and six aerial port squadrons for the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 18 Oct 1965 - The 107th Tactical Fighter Group, New York Air National Guard, became the first tactical unit to deploy to the Pacific for a joint-service exercise in peacetime.
  • 18 Oct 1984 - First B-1B flight completed at Palmdale, Calif.
  • 18 Oct 1984 - The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center arranged search and rescue missions for 47 people during heavy snows, high winds and low temperatures in Colorado and New Mexico lasting through Oct. 20.
  • 18 Oct 1985 - First flight of an F-111 aircraft with the Mission Adaptive Wing took place at Edwards AFB, Calif. The wing had no flaps, slats, ailerons, or spoilers, but used internal hydraulic actuators to change its camber in flight. The wing also had a flexible composite covering to maintain a smooth surface.

  • 18 Oct 1995 - Lockheed rolled out its first C-130J.

  • 19 Oct 1950 - During the Korean War, Fifth Air Force fighters provided crucial air support to U.S. 1st Cavalry Division troops for the Battle of Hukkyori, some 10 miles south of Pyongyang. Afterwards, U.N. forces entered the North Korean capital.





  • 19 Oct 1964 - Military Air Transport Service received its first C-141A Starlifter, when Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Marietta, Ga., delivered tail number 38078 to the 1707th Air Transport Wing at Tinker AFB, Okla.

  • 19 Oct 1966 - North American's XB-70A bomber exceeded its design speed of Mach 3 for the first time in a flight from Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • 19 Oct 1966 - Strategic Air Command unsuccessfully tried the first short-range launch of a modified Minuteman II from Grand Forks AFB, N.D. during Project Long Life III. Attempts on Oct. 28, 1966 (Long Life) and Aug. 14, 1968 (Project Giant Boost) also failed.
  • 19 Oct 1968 - Maj. William J. Knight won the Harmon International Aviator's Trophy for 1968 as the world's outstanding pilot for flying X-15 No. 2 to 4,520 mph (Mach 6.72).
  • 19 Oct 1971 - The 354th Tactical Fighter Wing became the first A-7D wing to achieve operationally ready status.
  • 19 Oct 1973 - The Air National Guard receives its first A-7D.
  • 19 Oct 1999 - An RQ-4A Global Hawk flew a 24.8-hour mission from Edwards AFB, Calif., to Alaska. The extended-range sortie included its first mission over water and its first flight beyond the continental U.S. During the flight, the Global Hawk collected and relayed 193 ground images to ground stations.



  • 20 Oct 1944 - Southwest Pacific Area forces landed unopposed at two points on the east coast of Leyte, at Tacloban, the provincial capital and 20 miles to the south near Dulag. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, accompanied by President Sergio Osmena, landed in the 24th Infantry Division area early in the afternoon and delivered his "I have returned" liberation speech. Ground elements of the 308th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) were the first major Far East Air Forces units in country. Headquarters elements of Fifth Air Force landed on Oct. 22, while ground echelons of the 49th Fighter Group and 475th Fighter Group landed on Oct. 24.


  • 20 Oct 1945 - Lt. Gen. Nathan F. Twining led three B-29s in developing a new route from Guam to Washington via India and Germany. They completed the 13,167-mile-trip in 59 hours, 30 minutes.
  • 20 Oct 1948 - The XF-88, predecessor of the F-101, first flew.
  • 20 Oct 1950 - During the Korean War and First Airborne Operation, the Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command dispatched more than 100 C-119s and C-47s to drop 4,000 troops and 60 tons of material for the Army's 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team at Sukchon and Sunchon, 30 miles north of Pyongyang through Oct. 23. The command also began airlifting Eighth Army supplies to Pyongyang.
  • 20 Oct 1952 - The Douglas X-3 research plane made its first flight at Edwards AFB, Calif.
  • 20 Oct 1955 - Strategic Air Command phased its last B-50D out of its force from its assignment with the 97th Bombardment Wing at Biggs AFB, Texas.

  • 20 Oct 1960 - The DOD set up an Army-Navy-Air Force program under the Navy to develop a prototype vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to test its suitability for air transport service.

 





  • 20 Oct 1961 - During Project Pipe Stem, the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron deployed four RF-101s to Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam. They flew 67 reconnaissance sorties over South Vietnam and Laos, developing their photographs by a photo-processing unit they brought with them. These aircraft were the first Pacific Air Forces aircraft deployed to South Vietnam.



  • 20 Oct 1969 - To assist the development of the Safeguard anti-ballistic missile system, Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird approved the use of Titan II as test targets.
  • 20 Oct 1973 - As a result of the Arab-Israeli War, the Arab nations imposed an oil embargo, which disrupted U. S. Air Force flight training.

  • 20 Oct 1976 - General Dynamics conducted its rollout ceremony for the F-16A at its plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • 20 Oct 1980 - Units assigned to the U.S. Air Force's Southern Air Division flew 40 tons of food, medical supplies and accessories to northwestern Nicaragua for flood victims lasting through Oct 23.
  • 20 Oct 1998 - The Air Force Flight Test Center flew its first sortie at Edwards AFB, Calif., to test the joint helmet-mounted cueing system. The helmet would allow an F-15 pilot to track a target and aim his missiles by movement of his head.





•  21 Oct 1950 - In the first use of a helicopter in support of an airborne operation, the 3rd Air Rescue Squadron sent H-5s to evacuate some 35 paratroopers and rescue seven American prisoners of war from the Sukchon and Sunchon area. A C-47 used loudspeakers to persuade some 500 enemy troops hiding in houses near Kunmori to surrender. Combat Cargo Command began aeromedical evacuations from Pyongyang.


  • 21 Oct 1951 - Col. Michael N. McCoy, the 306th Bombardment Wing Commander, flew Strategic Air Command's first operational Boeing B-47 to his wing at MacDill AFB, Fla. In a Nov. 19 ceremony, the B-47 was named, "The Real McCoy.
  • 21 Oct 1960 - A Mace-B tactical missile, designed to carry a nuclear bomb 1,800 miles, launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • 21 Oct 1961 - The U.S. Air Force launched MIDAS IV, a heat-sensing satellite that could detect missile launches from Point Arguello into a 2,100-mile circular orbit. Under Project West Force, the Midas IV then ejected millions of copper wires to form a reflecting belt in space to aid radio communications. The wires failed to disperse as planned.
  • 21 Oct 1965 - Former Chief of Staff for the Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, received the 1965 Collier Trophy, American aviations' highest honor.
  • 21 Oct 1970 - The X-24A aerospace vehicle made its first supersonic flight.
  • 21 Oct 1999 - The U.S. Air Force awarded the GATM equipment contract for the entire KC-135 fleet to Rockwell Collins. The $600 million contract covered 544 KC-135s, 20 flight simulators, and 43 other C-135-derived aircraft.

  • 22 Oct 1943 - Maj. R. C. Heffner earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for establishing air routes across Africa and the Middle East.



  • 22 Oct 1944 - P-38s of the 12th Fighter Squadron flew the first tactical napalm mission in the Southwest Pacific Area, dropping 75-gallon belly tanks of napalm on oil storage tanks at Boela, Ceram, Netherlands East Indies. The squadron, assigned to the 18th Fighter Group, XIII Fighter Command, was operating from Sansapor, Dutch New Guinea.

  • 22 Oct 1955 - The Republic F-105A Thunderchief fighter-bomber, designed to carry nuclear weapons and support field armies, exceeds the speed of sound on its initial flight at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
  • 22 Oct 1957 - At Cape Canaveral, Fla., a prototype Jupiter intermediate-range ballistic missile, with an all-inertial guidance system, flew its first flight test.
  • 22 Oct 1957 - During Operation Far Side, the four-stage, 10-engine rocket, fired from a balloon at 100,000 feet above Eniwetok, penetrated at least 2,700 miles into outerspace. It carried a scientific research capsule.

  • 22 Oct 1957 - The first casualties from Vietnam were eight U.S. servicemen injured in an explosion in Saigon were evacuated to Clark AB, Philippines, for treatment at the 6208th U.S. Air Force Hospital.

  • 22 Oct 1962 - Defense Condition 3 declared worldwide for the October Missile crisis in Cuba. On Oct. 24, Pacific Air Forces deployed six F-100s to Osan AB, South Korea to strengthen forces in Korea.

  • 22 Oct 1963 - Exercise Biglift illustrated our capability to rapidly reinforce NATO's defenses as the Military Air transport Service deployed nearly 15,000 troops from the Second Armored Division and its supporting units at Fort Hood, Texas, and 120 tons of equipment to U.S. Air Forces in Europe airfields in Germany and France lasting through Oct. 24.
  • 22 Oct 1970 - From Vandenberg AFB, Calif., the U.S. Air Force completed its first attempted salvo launch (simultaneous) of two Minuteman IIs successfully. 
  • 22 Oct 1985 - Tactical Air Command launched its first missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The Tomahawk ground launched cruise missile was also the first of its kind flown from this base.
  • 22 Oct 1987 - Under the Canister Assembly Launch Test Program, the Ballistic Missile Office carried out the first cold launch of a small intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The missile simulator (53 feet tall and 46 inches in diameter, weighing 37,000 pounds) traveled more than 300 feet in the air before impacting in an area within 100 feet of the launch pad.

  • 23 Oct 1957 - A BOMARC missile, in two minutes from beginning its alert, successfully intercepted and knocked down a B-17 drone 100 miles away over the Atlantic Ocean.






  • 23 Oct 1961 - Pacific Air Force's first F-105D landed at Hickam AFB, Hawaii en route to Kadena AB, Japan.

  • 23 Oct 1965 - The 4503rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (Provisional) arrived in Vietnam with 12 F-5A Freedom Fighters for a combat evaluation test.
  • 23 Oct 1972 - President Richard Nixon halted bombing operations north of the 20th parallel to end Operation Linebacker I.
  • 23 Oct 1972 - Project Enhance Plus attempted to build up the South Vietnamese air force to a level adequate to conduct operations after a cease-fire or withdrawal of U.S. forces. The first cargo aircraft arrived at Tan Son Nhut AB today, while the last shipment arrived at Newport, near Saigon, on Dec. 12. Altogether, the 288 additional aircraft transferred to South Vietnam under this project included 116 F-5A/Bs, 90 A-37s, 28 A-1s, 22 AC-119Gs and 32 C-130As.

  • 23 Oct 1978 - Two UH-IN Iroquois helicopters and one O-2A aircraft from the 24th Composite Wing provided flood assistance in Costa Rica.

  • 23 Oct 1984 - An HH-3 Jolly Green Giant from the 31st Air Rescue and Recovery Service rescued nine people trapped on the roof of the Pines Hotel in Baguio, Philippines. A C-130 Hercules from the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, carried 48 people to Clark AB, Philippines for treatment.

  • 23 Oct 1991 - Military Airlift Command units moved 146 tons of medical supplies and relief cargo to Kiev, Ukraine, after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

  • 23 Oct 1992 - Two C-130 Hercules evacuated 96 Americans from war-torn, Monrovia, Liberia through Oct.25.





  • 24 Oct 1944 - Eighth Air Force sent 415 P-47s and P-51s to carry out fighter-bomber raids in the Hannover-Kassel area of Germany. Nine fighters were destroyed.

  • 24 Oct 1953 - Convair's YF-102 Delta Dagger first flew at Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • 24 Oct 1956 - The last production Boeing B-47E went to the 400th Bombardment Wing at Schilling AFB, Kan.

  • 24 Oct 1960 - During joint Operation Southwind exercise, Tactical Air Command and Military Air Transport Service employed 100 airplanes to transport 10,000 Strategic Army Command troops.

  • 24 Oct 1962 - Strategic Air Command accepted the first flight of 10 Minuteman IA missiles at the 10th Strategic Missile Squadron, 341st Strategic Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

  • 24 Oct 1964 - When ground fire destroyed a C-123 in Vietnam, 1st Lt. Valmore W. Vourque, the pilot, became the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to die in action.

  • 24 Oct 1986 - The 16 advanced medium range air-to-air missile test marked the beginning of its initial operational test and evaluation program.





  • 24 Oct 1993 - Three 60th Airlift Wing C-5s from Travis AFB, Calif. carried 350 Nepalese soldiers and 250 tons of equipment from Katmandu, Nepal to Mogadishu, Somalia, to join the U.N. peacekeeping force through Oct. 30.

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