Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association





          Air Force Monthly Historical Dates

November 1st - 30th


  • 01 Nov 1944-A Boeing F-13, a photo-reconnaissance version of the B-29, became the - first U.S. plane to fly over Tokyo since April 1942.

  • 01 Nov 1950- During the U.N. forces' retreat from the Yalu back toward the 38th parallel, Soviet-made MiG-15s entered the conflict for the first time, when six MiG-15 jets appeared for the first time in the war and fired on a T-6 and an F-51 Mustang flight in the Yalu River area during the Korean War. This action set the stage for the air-to-air combat that would take place the rest of the war principally between the MiG-15 and the U.S. Air Force F-86 Sabre.




  • 01 Nov 1950- Three Yak fighters attacked U.S. Air Force aircraft over northwestern North Korea. A B-26 crew claimed a Yak, while two F-51 pilots shot down the other two enemy aircraft for the first aerial victories since July. At Sinuiju airfield, F-80s destroyed several Yak fighters on the ground. Antiaircraft artillery located across the Yalu River shot down a Far East Air Forces jet.

  • 01 Nov 1952 – Cold War: Operation Ivy – The United States successfully detonates the first large hydrogen bomb, codenamed "Mike" ["M" for megaton], in the Eniwetok atoll, located in the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The explosion had a yield of 10 megatons.

  • 01 Nov 1954- The U.S. Air Forces retired the B-29 Superfortress from service. The aircraft had less than 12 years in the active inventory.

  • 01 Nov 1957- The GAM-63 Rascal air-to-surface missile officially became operational at Strategic Air Command

  • 01 Nov 1964- Strategic Air Command activated the first wing for Minuteman II, the 321st Strategic Missile Wing at Grand Forks AFB, N.D.

  • 01 Nov 1964- During the early morning hours, the Viet Cong attacked Bien Hoa AB with mortars. The Viet Cong killed four and wounded 30 Americans. Additionally, they destroyed seven and damaged 18 U.S. Air Force and Vietnamese air force aircraft.

  • 01 Nov 1967- Air Force Logistics Command began jet service on its logistic airlift contract service.

  • 01 Nov 1968 – Vietnam: President Lyndon B. Johnson calls a halt to bombing in Vietnam, hoping this will lead to progress at the Paris peace talks.

  • 01 Nov 1970- The 336th Tactical Fighter Squadron began the first. Air Force tests of new bare base mobility equipment in a field exercise at North Field, S.C. The exercise demonstrated the unit's ability to deploy and operate from a bare base site using specially designed air transportable, expendable shelters and work facilities. The buildings included dormitories, workshops, hangers, control tower, medical facilities and water systems.

  • 01 Nov 1975- The U.S. Air Force transferred the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron to Strategic Air Command with three E-4 modified Boeing 747s. These planes, with EC-135-type communications equipment, served as the National Emergency Airborne Command Post.

  • 01 Nov 1978- The 97th BMW at Blytheville AFB, Ark. demilitarized and removed the last GAM-72A Quail missiles from the Strategic Air Command inventory.

  • 01 Nov 1983- Following an Oct. 30 earthquake in northeastern Turkey, Military Airlift Command transported 234 tons of relief supplies to the disaster site on four C-141 and 13 C-130 missions flown through Nov. 5.

  • 01 Nov 1995- Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, hosts the presidents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia for peace talks designed to end the war in the former Yugoslavia.


  • 01 Nov 1998-The FAA waiver allowed the pilotless Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to fly within the National Airspace System, or outside of dedicated military airspace, during its remaining test program.












  • 02 Nov 1944-While on a mission over Merseberg, Germany, a bomber sustained three hits from anti-aircraft shells. A severely wounded navigator, Lt. Robert E. Fernover, refused morphine to keep his head clear so he could direct his plane out of danger. For two and a half hours, he navigated his lone bomber away from flak. Only when he reached the English Channed did he agree to take a sedative. He died after the plane landed in England. For his sacrifice, Lt. Fernover received the Medal of Honor.





  • 02 Nov 1950- During the Korean War, Far East Air Forces flew the first RB-45 Tornado jet reconnaissance mission

  • 02 Nov 1962- After Communist Chinese forces invaded India's Assam Valley and Ladakh District in October, India asked the U.S. for help during Operation Long Skip. Through Nov. 14, Military Air Transport Service dispatched 48 C-135 missions to deliver nearly 1,035 tons of equipment, small arms, and ammunition to Calcutta. The timely response led the Chinese to withdraw.

  • 02 Nov 1962- After Typhoon Karen, material air transportation service aircrews airlifted 1,180 tons of emergency supplies to Guam and evacuated 650 people through Nov. 16.

  • 02 Nov 1995- Lt Col. Greg Feest, the 9th Fighter Squadron commander at Holloman AFB, N.M., became the first F-117A Nighthawk pilot with 1,000 hours in the cockpit. He flew in Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing.


  • 03 Nov 1943 – WW2: 500 aircraft of the U.S. 8th Air Force devastate Wilhelmshafen harbor in Germany.

  • 03 Nov 1959- The Air Force successfully transported an intercontinental ballistic missile by air for the first time by flying an Atlas D on a C-133B from San Diego to Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.

  • 03 Nov 1960- Explorer VIII, an ionospheric measuring satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., into a 20-50 year orbit by a four-stage Juno II rocket combination.

  • 03 Nov 1961- A C-124 Globemaster carried communications personnel and equipment to Belize following Hurricane Hattie to restore operations at Stanley Field, the airport of Belize's capital city lasting through Nov 14. C-124s also flew in fuel for helicopter rescue operations.

  • 03 Nov 1963- Four airmen at the Brooks AFB School of Aerospace Medicine began the longest known experiment of exposing humans to 100 percent oxygen. The test lasted for 30 days at a simulated 27,500-foot altitude.

  • 03 Nov 1965- A B-52 successfully fired an air-to-surface Hound Dog missile over Green River, Utah, to White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • 03 Nov 1965- Maj. Robert A. Rushworth flew a modified X-15A-2 rocket research plane on its first flight. North American Aviation placed two large external fuel tanks on it for Mach 8 flights.

  • 03 Nov 1966- A Titan IIIC, launched from Cape Kennedy, Fla., carried manned orbital laboratory components and four satellites into orbit. The missile lifted the Gemini capsule from the January 1965 unmanned Gemini II mission into a ballistic reentry trajectory, while the Titan's third stage place a Titan II propellant tank and three satellites into a 160-mile orbit.

  • 03 Nov 1967 – Vietnam: Beginning of he Battle of Dak To (3–11 NOV




  • 03 Nov 1969- The U.S. Air Force asked airframe and engine manufacturers to submit proposals on the full scale engineering development of an Advanced Manned Strategic Aircraft, or B-1.

  • 03 Nov 1989- Two Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey prototype flew their first formation flight.

  • 03 Nov 1989- The Air Force conducted the eighth test launch of Tacit Rainbow, the loitering anti-radiation missile. A B-52 launched the missile from a low altitude, after which, it climbed to altitude made a diving attack, and hit in the target area at the Naval Weapons Center Test Range near China Lake, Calif.

  • 03 Nov 1995-The DOD announce the purchase of 80 more C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, giving the U.S. Air Force 120 in its inventory.


  • 04 Nov 1944-More than 1,100 American B-17s and B-24s attacked Germany during the day, hitting targets near Hamburg, Hannover and Saarbruecken.












  • 04 Nov 1950- In the Korean War, B-26s provided close support for the Eighth Army near Chongju, killing an estimated 500 enemy soldiers to relieve the hard-pressed U.S. troops

  • 04 Nov 1954- Strategic Air Command retired its last B-29 Superfortress bomber to the aircraft storage facility at Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.

  • 04 Nov 1959- Construction of the first Atlas F silo-lift launcher began at Vandenberg AFB, Calif

  • 04 Nov 1960- The U.S. Air Force revealed the use of a converted C-97 as an airborne command post.

  • 04 Nov 1962 – The last atmospheric nuclear test is conducted by the U.S. in a test of the Nike–Hercules air defense missile, Shot Dominic–Tightrope.

  • 04 Nov 1967 – Vietnam: American troops broke a North Vietnamese 6 day assault at Loc Ninh, near the Cambodian border.

  • 04 Nov 1970- Nine Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units received A-37, F-100, F-105 and C-130 aircraft to begin a modernization program

  • 04 Nov 1972- After the U.S. transferred 48 F-5s to the Vietnamese air force from the Republic of China air force, Pacific Air Forces moved two F-4C squadrons from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing at Kadena AB, Japan to Ching Chuan Kang AB, Taiwan, to supply air defense for the Republic of China. The Vietnamese received another 36 F-5s from other sources, and, to provide the South Korean air force with an air defense capability, PACAF released 18 F-4Ds from the 3rd South Korea. The 405th Fighter Wing at Clark AB, Philippines, then transferred 18 F-4Ds to the 3rd, and in returned received seven F-4Ds from other PACAF resources. This occurred during Operation Commando Domino and lasted through Nov. 8.

  • 04 Nov 1983- As part of the Grenada operation, Military Airlift Command transported 755 Cubans on 20 C-130 missions from Grenada to Cuban authorities in Barbados.

  • 04 Nov 1985- The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center saved 47 people during flood relief operations in the Shenandoah Valley, Va.

  • 04 Nov 1987- The Air Force awarded a $1.2 million contract to McDonnell Douglas Corp., to become a second-source for the Advanced Cruise Missile, the AGM-129.

  • 04 Nov 1992- Four C-5s and one C-141 moved 236 tons of flour to Armenia through Nov 11, to relieve food shortages after the Soviet Union's collapse.


  • 05 Nov 1944-B-29s attacked Singapore in its first bombing since the Japanese captured it in February 1942.05 Nov 1958- The Air Force and Army signed an interservice agreement that gave the Air Force responsibility for the employment of the Jupiter missile.







  • 05 Nov 1950- In the Korean War, Far East Air Forces dispatched 21 B-29s of the 19th Bomb Group to begin incendiary bomb attacks on North Korean cities and towns. They dropped 170 tons of fire bombs on Kanggye, near the Chinese border, and destroyed 65 percent of the town's center. 
  • 05 Nov 1958- The Air Force and Army signed an interservice agreement that gave the Air Force responsibility for the employment of the Jupiter missile.

  • 05 Nov 1981- The 388th Electronic Combat Squadron at Mountain Home AFB, Mo. received the first EF-111A defense suppression aircraft. It replaced the EB-66 and EB-57 in the suppression role.

  • 05 Nov 1984- Tactical Air Command received its first F-16C/D Fighting Falcon at Luke AFB, Ariz.








  • 06 Nov 1953- A B-47 Stratojet flew from Limestone, Maine, to Brize Norton, England, in four hours, 43 minutes to set a new speed record for a transatlantic flight.


  • 06 Nov 1953- The X-1E made its last flight over Edwards AFB, Calif. This flight concluded the X-1 flight test program.

  • 06 Nov 1964- The U.S. Air Force achieved the first completely overland flight of a fully instrumental four-stage Athena reentry research vehicle. Launched from Green river, the vehicle traveled about 417 miles and impacted nearly on target within the White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • 06 Nov 1986- Military Airlift Command's inventory of C-5Bs increased to eight.









  • 06 Nov 1994- Two C-141's moved 37 tons of relief supplies through Nov. 8 to Egypt after flash floods covered as many as 70 villages.

  • 06 Nov 1995- The second MILSTAR military communications satellite went into orbit on board a Titan IV, launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.


  • 07 Nov 1941 - First flight of the GB-1 guided glide bomb containing preset guidance

  • 07 Nov 1954- The U.S. Air Force announced plans to build a $15.5 million atomic aircraft engine research facility, under Pratt & Whitney management, in Connecticut

  • 07 Nov 1957- President Dwight Eisenhower announced that the U.S. had solved the missile reentry problem and showed on television a nose cone recovered from a Jupiter missile fired in August at Cape Canaveral, Fla.

  • 07 Nov 1957 – Cold War: The Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.

  • 07 Nov 1961- The U.S. Air Force completed the overseas deployment of the largest group of tactical fighters since World War II with the landing in Europe of over 200 aircraft flown by Air National Guard pilots mobilized under legislation of Aug. 1, 1961.

  • 07 Nov 1967- The last Atlas D in the Air Force inventory launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

  • 07 Nov 1975- Boeing delivered the first air-launched cruise missile flight test missile to the U.S. Air Force during a roll-out ceremony.



  • 08 Nov 1950- Seventy B-29 Superfortresses dropped 580 tons of firebombs on Sinuiju in the largest incendiary raid in the Korean War.





  • 08 Nov 1950- The U.S. Air Force directed the 27th Fighter Expeditionary Wing to deploy to the Far East. In the next few weeks, Navy aircraft carriers moved its 75 F-84E Thunderjets from the Naval Air Station in San Diego to Yokasuka, Japan. From there, Col. Ashley B. Packard, the 27th Fighter Expeditionary Wing commander, moved to Taegu airfield, where his fighters performed reconnaissance and close support missions.


  • 08 Nov 1950- In history's first battle between jet aircraft, a U.S. Air Force F-80 Shooting Star, piloted by Lt. Russell J. Brown, was believed to down a North Korean MiG-15.

  • 08 Nov 1963- Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara approved the Minuteman Force Modernization Program to replace all Minuteman IA/B with Minuteman II missiles.

  • 08 Nov 1968- Tactical Air Command received the first AC-119K, the latest in a series of multi-weapon attack aircraft.

  • 08 Nov 1972- Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Robert C. Seamans, Jr announced the designation of two new lightweight, fighter prototype aircraft, the YF-16 and YF-17.

  • 08 Nov 1989- Col. John Small and Northrop test pilot Bruce Hinds flew the B-2A Stealth bomber on its first aerial refueling sortie during a six hour, five minute test flight from Edwards AFB, Calif. KC-10s from March ARB, Calif. provided the fuel.

  • 08 Nov 1989- A 96th Bombardment Wing aircrew flew the B-1B on its first low-level night sortie while relying on fully automatic terrain-following equipment. The crew flew the bomber over flat terrain. A second sortie on Nov. 14 took place over varied terrain.

  • 08 Nov 1996-At Cannon AFB, N.M, Capt Michael Hake, an electronic warfare officer instructor with the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, became the first EWO in the Air Force to pass the 2,000-hour mark in the EF-111 Raven


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