Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association







  • 25 Oct 1942 - American bombers raided Hong Kong and damaged the Kowloon Docks in the first raid on the former British colony since the Japanese occupation.



  • 25 Oct 1969 - C-5A No. 2 set a record by landing at Edwards AFB, Calif. with a gross weight of 712,000 pounds.
  • 25 Oct 1973 - For the first time since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the DOD imposed DEFCON 3 worldwide in response to Soviet reaction to the Mideast War between Israel and Egypt. On Oct. 27, DOD resumed DEFCON 4, the peacetime condition.
  • 25 Oct 1983 - During Operation Urgent Fury, Military Airlift Command airlifted 15,374 tons of cargo and 35,911 passengers to support an effort to rescue Americans in Grenada lasting through Nov. 2. MAC flew 709 civilians from Grenada to the U.S. and 164 wounded soldiers to U.S. hospitals. During the redeployment phase from Nov. 4 into Dec., 292 airlift missions transported 12,098 passengers and 4,859 tons of cargo.
  • 25 Oct 1983 While flying a 1st Special Operations Wing MC-130, Lt. Col. James L. Hobson, Jr., conducted the first drop of combat paratroopers from an altitude of 500 feet over Point Salines, Grenada. Flying through a hail of anti-aircraft fire, Colonel Hobson then dove his aircraft to 100 feet above ground level to leave the area. For that event he earned the 1984 Mackay Trophy.
  • 25 Oct 1985 - The U.S. Air Force accepted its 80th and last C-21A from Gates Learjet Corporation at Scott AFB, Ill. This delivery completed the transition to the C-12F and C-21A for operational support airlift.
  • 25 Oct 1988 - The 31st Air Rescue and Recovery Service used two HH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopters to rescue 27 residents of Marikina, Republic of Philippines, following a flood caused by Typhoon Ruby. The four-flight mission took eight hours to accomplish.

  • 25 Oct 1992 - A C-141 evacuated Americans and other foreign nationals from Tajikistan after civil disturbances erupted in the former Soviet republic.






  • 26 Oct 1950 - Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command C-119s delivered 28.5 tons of ammunition, fuel and oil to friendly ground troops near Unsan, some 50 miles south of Chosan.

  • 26 Oct 1953 - The Convair XF-102, a delta-wing supersonic interceptor made its first test flight from Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • 26 Oct 1956 - A Tactical Air Command C-124 Globemaster became the first U.S. Air Force aircraft to fly over the South Pole, when it flew a support mission for Operation Deep Freeze at Antarctica. During the flight, Maj. Gen. Chester E. McCarty, the pilot, radioed a report to Gen. Otto P. Weyland, Commander of Eighteen Air Force.

  • 26 Oct 1956 - The Air Force received its first Thor missile from the Douglas Aircraft Company.




  • 26 Oct 1956 - Bell pilot Floyd Carlson flew the XH-40 helicopter for the first time at Fort Worth, Texas. Later, the XH-40 became the UH-1 Iroquois, or Huey, one of the most useful helicopters in the Vietnam War.

  • 26 Oct 1962 - Strategic Air Command received its last B-52H Stratofortress and last three B-58 Hustlers from the production lines.
  • 26 Oct 1963 - A North American Aviation Sabreliner set a speed record of four hours, 45-minutes, 59.4 seconds for the 2,388-mile flight from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 26 Oct 1974 - Rockwell rolled out the first B-1 at Palmdale, Calif.
  • 26 Oct 1976 - Vandenberg AFB, Calif. launched the 500th Minuteman missile.
  • 26 Oct 1979 - McDonnell Douglas terminated the F/RF-4 phantom production line.
  • 26 Oct 1987 - The U.S. Air Force launched a Titan 34-D from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. after an 18-month hiatus. A launch failure in April 1985 and in April 1986 caused this lapse in the U.S. space program.

  • 27 Oct 1944 - The first U.S. Army aircraft to be stationed in the Philippines since 1942 landed on the Tacloban airstrip. The 34 P-38s of the 9th Fighter Squadron refueled at once, and before the end of the day shot down four enemy aircraft.

  • 27 Oct 1944 - The Japanese flew almost 1,050 sorties over Leyte lasting between Oct. 27 and Dec. 31. Pilots from the V Fighter Command shot down 314 confirmed aircraft and received credit for 45 probables, yet suffered only 16 losses. On Oct. 29, the 49th Fighter Group scored its 500th victory.

  • 27 Oct 1950 - The 452nd Bomb Group (Air Force Reserve) flew its first B-26 combat mission, less than a month after it was called to active duty in the U.S.









  • 27 Oct 1954 - Benjamin O. Davis Jr. became the U.S. Air Force's first African-American general officer.

  • 27 Oct 1955 - The Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company received an U.S. Air Force research and development contract for the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.
  • 27 Oct 1962 - The first 10 Minuteman IA missiles went on alert with the 10th Strategic Missile Squadron, 341st Strategic Missile Wing, at Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
  • 27 Oct 1970 - Doctors at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas, develop a new device to save infants who are suffocating. Costing only about $1,000 and built from various standard hospital components, the device helps newborn babies breathe.
  • 27 Oct 1972 - Air Force System Command launched a 47.8 mission-cubic-foot research balloon, the world's largest, from Chico, Calif. The U.S. Air Force's Cambridge Research Laboratory developed the balloon in 1969.
  • 27 Oct 1983 - Three B-52Gs deployed from the 42nd Bombardment Wing at Loring AFB, Maine to Moron AB, Spain, for exercises Eternal Triangle and Crisex. This marked the first such use of a Spanish base for the Air Force. On Oct. 27-28, the B-52s participated in Eternal Triangle, a NATO exercise, and from Oct. 31 through Nov. 8 in Crisex, a joint U.S.-Spanish exercise. In both, the B-52s flew high and low altitude bombing sea search, electronic countermeasures and fighter-intercept exercises.
  • 27 Oct 1999 - Developmental testing on the C-141 Starlifter came to an end when the last test aircraft left the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., for March ARB, Calif.






  • 28 Oct 1952 - First flight of the Douglas XA3D-1 Skywarrior.

  • 28 Oct 1973 - First production-model T-43 arrived at Mather AFB, Calif.

  • 28 Oct 1981 - The U.S. Senate agreed to sell five E-3As to Saudi Arabia. The E-3s assumed air defense surveillance from Elf One.

  • 28 Oct 1985 - The first six female officers started initial qualification training for Minuteman crew duty. All six women previously worked with the Titan II system. They finished the class on Feb. 7, 1986.
  • 28 Oct 1995 - The U.S. Air Force tested its air expeditionary force concept by deploying F-16s Fighting Falcons from the 20th Fighter Wing and 347th Wing to Bahrain lasting through Dec. 18 during Operation Vigilant Sentinel.





  • 29 Oct 1950 - C-47s made aeromedical flights from Sinanju Airfield, North Korea, the northernmost Korean airfield ever used by Far East Air Forces aircraft, some 40 miles north of Pyongyang.

  • 29 Oct 1953 - In the first flight of the YF-100A Super Sabre at Edwards AFB, Calif., Lt. Col. Frank K. Everest set a speed record of 755.149 mph over a 15-kilometer course.

  • 29 Oct 1962 - The first off-range launch of a GAM-77A Hound Dog missile began near Del Rio, Texas, and ended on the Western Missile Range about 400 miles away.
  • 29 Oct 1963 - Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, congratulated the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing at Kadena AB, Japan for its record conversion from F-100 to F-105 aircraft under combat status conditions and for passing the subsequent operational readiness inspection. The 18th TFW was the first U.S. Air Forces F-105 unit to accomplish this feat.
  • 29 Oct 1965 - Test pilots Col. Robert L. Stephens and Lt. Col. Daniel Andre received the Thompson Trophy for their May 1, 1965 flight of the YF-12, which set nine world performance records.
  • 29 Oct 1965 - C-130s began carrying fuel, ammunition, and supplies to Pleiku for the defense of Plei Me camp from North Vietnamese attacks. For the next 29 days, the C-130s moved 186 tons a day to support the 1st Cavalry Division.
  • 29 Oct 1968 - Military Airlift Command pararescueman Sgt. Duane D. Hackney received the Cheney Award for gallantry in action in Vietnam.







  • 29 Oct 1969 - Strategic Air Command announced the phaseout of all B-58 Hustler strategic bombers from its inventory.

  • 29 Oct 1975 - Nellis AFB, Nev. received the first F-5E Tiger II in the U.S. Air Force aircraft inventory.
  • 29 Oct 1986 - Strategic Air Command selected rail garrison as the preferred basing mode for the second deployment of Peacekeeper missiles. This basing mode would have placed another 50 missiles on continuous alert in railroad cars garrisoned on SAC bases for dispersal over the commercial rail network on short notice. 
  • 29 Oct 1994 - The Air Force's fourth B-2, the Spirit of Washington, joined the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo.

  • 30 Oct 1961 - The first of 216 Air National Guard fighters from units mobilized on Oct. 1 deployed across the Atlantic to European bases in response to the Berlin Wall crisis during Operation Stair Step.
  • 30 Oct 1980 - A C-5 Galaxy received fuel from a KC-10A Extender for the first time.
  • 30 Oct 1994 - A C-141 Starlifter flew 20 tons of medical supplies and other relief from Kadena AB, Japan to Valdivostok, Russia, for victims of a Siberian flood.

  • 31 Oct 1957 - A Snark missile launched at Cape Canaveral, Fla. completed its first full range flight test. It flew 5,000 miles to the target area near Ascension Island.

  • 31 Oct 1965 - Strategic Air Command accepted the first flight of 10 Minuteman IIs at the 447th Strategic Missile Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, and Neb.

  • 31 Oct 1966 - The U.S. Air Force selected Boeing Company to produce the AGM-069A short-range attack missile for FB-111s and late model B-52s.

  • 31 Oct 1972 - The U.S. Air Force inactivated the last BOMARC surface-to-air missile squadron, the 22nd Air Defense Missile Squadron, at Langley AFB, VA

  • 31 Oct 1976 - The first U.S. Air Force E-3A airborne warning and control system aircraft, with its full complement of surveillance and command and control avionics made its first test flight.



  • 31 Oct 1994 - Two B-1 Lancers from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., flew a nonstop mission to a bombing range in Kuwait and back lasting through Nov.1. The 25-hour mission was the first time for the B-1s in the Gulf Region.


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