Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association

  • 09 Nov 1944-.1st Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger's B-17 received several bad flak hits while flying in a group formation. With only one engine operable, the pilots jettisoned the bombs and made for Allied territory. The rest of the crew parachuted, leaving the pilots and the radio operator, who was too injured to jump, to try a crash landing. As Lt. Gott banked into a final landing approach at about 100 feet, the fire from three engines reached the fuel tank and the bomber exploded and crashed, killing all three occupants. Lts. Gott and Metzger received Medals of Honor for their actions.

  • 09 Nov 1950- A 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron gunner, Sgt. Henry J. Levene, scored the first B-29 victory in the war by destroying an attacking MiG-15. The RB-29 limped back to Japan, where five crewmen died in the crash landing.

  • 09 Nov 1950- In the Korean War, MiG-15s shot down their first B-29 near the Yalu River. The 307th Bomb Group crew parachuted behind enemy lines to become prisoners of war. About 36 hours after arriving in Japan, the 437th Troop-Carrier Wing began airlifting cargo on C-46s to Korea.







  • 10 Nov 1988- The U.S. Air Force reveals the F-117A Stealth fighter to the public for the first time. Manufactured by Lockheed, using radar-absorbent materials and a radical new design, the F-117A can evade radar detection.


  • 10 Nov 1998-A B-52H carried a conventional air-launched cruise missile on its first captive-carry sortie test above Edwards AFB, Calif, in an effort to expand the B-52’s capabilities.


  • 11 Nov 1921 – The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery is dedicated by U.S. President Warren G. Harding.








  • 11 Nov 1956- Convair's B-58 Hustler, the first supersonic bomber and delta-winged aircraft capable of 1,000 mph speeds, completed its first flight at Fort Worth, Texas.

  • 11 Nov 1957- During Operation Long Legs, for Argentina's Aeronautics Week, Air Force vice Chief of Staff Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, flew a KC-135 6,350 miles from Westover AFB, Mass., to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The flight lasted 13 hours, three minutes to set an FAI record for nonstop, unrefueled jet flight. In the Nov. 13 return flight, he averaged 471.451 mph to set a record of 11 hours, three minutes, 58 seconds for the 6,322 miles between Buenos Aires and Washington.

  • 11 Nov 1968 – Vietnam : Operation Commando Hunt initiated. The goal was to interdict men and supplies on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, through Laos into South Vietnam.

  • 11 Nov 1996-Two 509th Bomb Wing pilots, Capts Scott Vander Hamm and Scott Hughes, flew the second B-2 long-endurance simulator flight. The test at Whiteman AFB, Mo, lasted 38 hours and broke the previous 34-hour record set on Oct 7th, 1996.


  • 12 Nov 1944-The largest air and ground cooperative effort to date occurred as over 4,000 Allied planes dropped more than 10,000 tons of bombs on enemy target

  • 12 .Nov 1960- To launch the Discoverer XVII into polar orbit from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., the U.S. Air Force used a restartable Agena B in combination with a Thor rocket. This marked the first successful flight of a restartable rocket.

  • 12 Nov 1965- Last QF-80 drone in the U.S. Air Force shot down at Holloman AFB, N.M.

  • 12 Nov 1970- At Edwards AFB, Calif., a Boeing 747-B set a world record with a gross takeoff weight of 820,700 pounds.







  • 12 Nov 1980- Elements of the new Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force participated in its first joint overseas exercise called Bright Star. Eight A-7s from the 150th Tactical Fighter group at Kirtland AFB, N.M., deployed to Cairo West Egypt lasting through Nov. 25.

  • 12 Nov 1997-The Boeing Phantom Works (formerly McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis) X-36 tailless fighter agility research aircraft successfully completed its flight research program for NASA at Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • 12 Nov 1998-After Saddam Hussein expelled U.N. weapons inspectors from Iraq, the DOD ordered more U.S. forces to Southwest Asia using Air Mobility Command airlifters , through Nov. 15th. During the four-day effort, AMC completed 257 airlift and tanker missions to move more than 3,000 passengers and 2,700 tons of cargo. Tankers refueled 90 aircraft, offloading 9.3 mission pounds of fuel.


  • 13 Nov 1952- The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission exploded the first hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.

  • 13 Nov 1961- At Malmstrom AFB, Mont., a Site Activation Task Force accepted the first Minuteman IA operational silo.

  • 13 Nov 1964- The solid propellant rocket for Titan II Space Booster's first stage fired at the United Technology Center in Sunnyvale, Calif. It had more than a million pounds of thrust.








  • 13 Nov 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.



  • 14 Nov 1949- The U.S. Air Force made its first quantity procurement of production Boeing B-47s.


14 Nov 1950- During the Korean War, 15 MiG-15s attacked 18 B-29s bombing the bridges of Sinuiju and damaged two.
  • 14 Nov 1955- Secretary of the Air Force Donald A. Quarles established the Air Force Ballistic Committee as the major decision-making body for the Air Force ballistic missile program.

  • 14 Nov 1966- The first jet landing on Antarctic took place as a C-141 successfully completed a 2,140-mile flight from Christchurch, New Zealand, to McMurdo Station with, Capt. Howard Geddes from the 86th Military Airlift Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif., at the controls.

  • 14 Nov 1973- The U.S. ended its airlift support to Israel. In the 32-day operation during the Yom Kippur War, Military Airlift Command airlifted 22,318 tons of supplies.

  • 14 Nov 1981- During Exercise Bright Star, Military Airlift Command conducted the longest nonstop parachute assault mission ever. Using 24 aircraft, MAC airdropped 858 Egyptian and American troops and 172 tons of cargo in the desert southwest of Cairo. After a 13-hour flight for the aircraft, the drop took place within six seconds of the schedule time.






  • 14 Nov 1991- A C-5 Galaxy from the 436th Military Airlift Wing carried 50 tons of medical and relief supplies to Freetown, Sierra Leone.


  • 14 Nov 1997-At Edwards AFB, Calif, construction began on a launch pad for the Lockheed Martin X-33 to a vertical position for launch, after which it would reach 60 miles in altitude and Mach 13 in speed by using liquid hydrogen and oxygen powered engines.


  • 15 Nov 1949- The Ryan Aeronautical Company released data on the first air-to-air missile, the XAAM-A-1 Firebird, a 10-foot, rocket-powered projectile.

  • 15 Nov 1955- Exercise Sagebrush, the largest joint exercise since World War II to date, started to test U.S. Air Force and Army capabilities to perform combat missions

  • 15 Nov 1961- The U.S. Air Force activated 2nd Advanced Echelon, Thirteenth Air Force, in Saigon, Vietnam. This event signaled the official entry of the U.S. Air Force into the Vietnam War.

  • 15 Nov 1966- The U.S. Air Force selected Hughes Aircraft Company and North American Aviation Corporation to start contract definition phase of the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile program.







  • 15 Nov 1967- Maj. Michael J. Adams died in an X-15 crash. He was the first fatality in the X-rocket program since its inception in 1959.


  • 15 Nov 1968- The U.S. Air Force launched Commando Hunt, an extensive interdiction campaign in Laos, to partially offset the bombing halt imposed on Nov. 1. Concentrated in the "Barrel Roll" and "Steel Tiger" areas, Commando Hunt drastically increased the sorties flown in Southeast Asia from 4,764 tactical and 273 B-52 sorties in Oct. to 12,821 tactical and 661 B-52 sorties in Nov.

  • 15 Nov 1969 – Vietnam: A quarter of a million anti–War demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.

  • 15 Nov 1985- Military Airlift Command C-130s airlifted 50 tons of relief supplies and 32 tons of fuel for U.S. Army search and rescue helicopters to Colombia after a volcano erupted there lasting through Nov 18.


  • 16 Nov 1944- In the largest air and ground cooperation to date, more than 4,000 allied planes, with 750 fighter escorts, dropped over 10,000 tons of bombs in front of the 1st and 9th Armies to prepare for a ground attack.

  • 16 Nov 1956- Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson transferred the northern part of Camp Cooke, Calif., from the Army to the U.S. Air Force to set up a training site for Thor, Atlas and Titan missiles.

    • 16 Nov 1956- Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson transferred the northern part of Camp Cooke, Calif., from the Army to the U.S. Air Force to set up a training site for Thor, Atlas and Titan missiles.

    • 16 Nov 1959- At the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Capt. Joseph W. Kittinger, Jr. set three unofficial records by taking an open-gondola balloon to 76,400 feet. From there, he parachuted back to earth. This jump included a 64,000-foot free fall, the longest to date, that lasted two minutes, 58 seconds.

    • 16 Nov 1966- Maj. William J. Knight set an unofficial X-15 speed record of 4,159 mph at Edwards AFB, Calif.

    • 16 Nov 1973- In Skylab 4, the astronauts set a seven-hour, one-minute space walk record in a 2,017-hour mission. They returned on Feb. 8, 1974 after 34,523,000 miles and 84-days, one hour, 15 minutes and 32 seconds in space.


  • 16 Nov 1988- Military Airlift Command aircraft flew 442 tons of insecticide and supplies to Dakar, Senegal, to battle a destructive influx of locust.


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