Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association

  • 17 Nov 1948- Boeing received a contract to build two prototype B-52 bombers

  • 17 Nov 1954-A B-47 Stratojet broke all jet endurance records by flying nonstop between England and North Africa for 47 hours, 35 minutes, or 21,163 miles lasting through Nov.19. In the flight, Col. David A. Burchinal, 43rd Bombardment Wing commander, left Sidi Slimane, French Morocco, for Royal Air Force Fairford, England, but bad weather prevented his landing. He returned to Sidi Slimane where bad weather again forced a return to RAF Fairford. Nine inflight refuelings made the flight possible

  • 17 Nov 1961- Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara approved U.S. Air Force plans to name Strategic Air Command as the single manager for KC-135 air refueling operations.

  • 17 Nov 1961- The U.S. Air Force successfully launches the first Minuteman intercontinental missile from an underground silo at Cape Canaveral, Fla. It flies 3,000 miles down the Atlantic Missile Range

  • 17 Nov 1964- C-130s from 464th Troop-Carrier Wing deployed to France flew the Dragon Rouge rescue mission to free hostages in the Congo. The C-130 crews airlifted Belgian paratroopers to Africa from Belgium, then airdropped them on the Sabena Airport at Stanleyville Nov. 24, 1964. Two days later, on Thanksgiving Day, the Dragon Noir operation freed hostages held in the town of Paulis. For their part in the mission, the C-130 crews from Pope AFB, N.C., received the Mackay Trophy for the most meritorious flight of the year by U. S. Air Force aircraft.






  • 17 Nov 1967- During Operation Eagle Thrust, Military Airlift Command used 413 C-141 and C-130 sorties to complete the longest distance airlift of combat troops from the U.S. to a war zone to date lasting through Dec. 29. The planes moved 10,356 men of the 101st Airborne Division and nearly 5,118 tons of equipment, including 32 helicopters between Fort Campbell, Ky., and Bien Hoa, Vietnam.

  • 17 Nov 1968- The U.S. Air Force deployed its new F-4E with an internal gun to Southeast Asia. The 40th Tactical Fighter Squadron sent 20 F-4Es to Korat Royal Thai AFB, where the squadron became the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron. The 40th Tactical Fighter Squadron designator returned to the U.S.

  • 17 Nov 1999-A KC-10, from the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB, Calif, refueled an F-22 Raptor for the first time. Operating from Edwards AFB, Calif, over a four-day period, the KC-10 flew four sorties, each lasting nearly three hours. During the test, the KC-10 made more than 250 boom connections with the F-22 and offloaded 35,000 pounds of fuel.






  • 18 Nov 1944- Fifteenth Air Force sent 680 heavy bombers to oil refineries in Austria and Italian airfields at Aviano Villafranca di Verona, Udine and Vicenza, with 186 P-51s providing air cover over Italy.

  • 18 Nov 1949- An Air Force C-74 Globemaster, "The Champ," flew from Mobile, Ala., across the Atlantic in 23 hours and landed at Marham, England, with a record of 103 passengers. It was the first aircraft to carry 100 passengers across the Atlantic.

  • 18 Nov 1950- During the Korean War, a U.S. Air Force fighter group moved to North Korea for the first time. The 35th Fighter Interceptor Group, the first fighter group based in South Korea, settled at Yonpo Airfield, near Hungnam.

  • 18 Nov 1954- The first flight test of an inertial guidance system for actual missile use (Navaho X-10) was conducted at Downey, Calif.

  • 18 Nov 1955- Lt. Col. Frank K. Everest, Jr, flew the X-2 rocket plane on its first powered flight above Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • 18 Nov 1966- Maj. William J. Knight flew X-15A-2 to a new speed record for X-15 aircraft by reaching 4,223 mph.

  • 18 Nov 1966- Lockheed delivered the first HC-130P to the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service. The HC-130P included a drogue system to permit aerial refueling for HH-3 helicopters.

  • 18 Nov 1967- Flight testing of laser guided bombs started at Eglin AFB, Fla.

  • 18 Nov 1970-Military Airlift Command C-141's and C-130s delivered more than 140 tons of supplies and equipment through Dec. 16 from the U.S. bases in the Far East to East Pakistan after a cyclone flooded the country.

    • 18 Nov 1989- Northrop's B-2A bomber completed its seventh test flight. During the seven-hour, 17-minute flight, the pilot shut down and restarted each engine.

    • 18 Nov 1994- A C-17 Globemaster III landed at North Field near Charleston AFB, S.C., with a 161,000-pound payload on 2,100 feet of runway to set a new record and meet a critical program requirement to land fully loaded on a runway no longer than 3,000 feet.


    • 19 Nov 1945- Col. Clarence S. Irvine and Lt. Col. G. R. Stanley flew the B-29 Superfortress Pacusan Dreamboat to a nonstop, nonrefueled distance record of 7,916 miles by flying from Guam to Washington, D.C., in 35 hours, five minutes, lasting through Nov. 20.

    • 19 Nov 1950- During the Korean War, in the first massed light bomber attack, 50 B-26s from Japan dropped incendiary bombs on Musan, North Korea, on the Tumen River border with China. The attack destroyed 75 percent of the town's barracks area.

    • 19 Nov 1951- The U.S. Air Force announced the production of the first all-jet heavy bomber, the Boeing XB-52.







  • 19 Nov 1952- Capt James Slade Nash, flying a North American F-86D Sabre, set an FAI speed of 698.505 mph at Salton Sea, Calif.


  • 19 Nov 1957- Maj. Gen. Donald Kein selected to lead the aircraft nuclear powered project, an integrated Atomic Energy Commission and DoD atomic project.

  • 19 Nov 1964- Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announced that all first generation missiles would be phased out by June 1965 under Project Added Effort.

  • 19 Nov 1980- U.S. Air Forces in Europe completed the conversion of its tactical fighter squadrons to F-15C/D models.

  • 19 Nov 1984- Two Military Airlift Command C-141s delivered six motor vehicles and small arms ammunition to the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Columbia, after drug dealers threatened the safety of American personnel in Colombia.

  • 19 Nov 1997-To augment Operation Southern Watch, the U.S. deployed additional forces to Southwest Asia to answer Iraq’s continued intransigence over U.N. inspections of weapons of mass destruction sites. Over the Pacific, Air Mobility Command established an air bridge and airlift support to deploy B-52’s and KC-10’s, over the Atlantic. AMV provided airlift and refueling support to deliver an air expeditionary force with F-15s, F-16s, B-1s, and KC-135s to Southwest Asia and F-117s to another forward location. Iraq’s apparent willingness to resume the inspection program ended the deployment on Nov. 24th and within days most forces had returned home.


  • 20 Nov 1950 – During the Korean War, Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command dropped rations and gasoline at Kapson, 20miles south of the Yalu River, to supply the 76th Infantry Division, which advanced the farthest north in the war.

  • 20 Nov1959- The U.S. Air Force launched Discoverer VIII into a polar orbit from the Pacific Missile Range.

  • 20 Nov 1961- The U.S. Air Force successfully launches the first Minuteman intercontinental missile from an underground silo at Cape Canaveral, Fla. It flies 3,000 miles down the Atlantic Missile Range

  • 20 Nov 1962- President John F. Kennedy announced the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis after the Soviets removed all IRBMs from Cuba.

  • 20 Nov 1963- The U.S. Air Force accepted the first two F-4C jet fighters








  • 20 Nov 1970- The U.S. Air Force selected Northrop Corporation to build an international fighter, the F-5 Freedom Fighter





  • 20 Nov 1970- U.S. Southern Command aircraft and personnel assisted Columbia after severe floods.

  • 20 Nov 1980- The first Pave Tack F-111 arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England for duty with the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing. Pave Tack gave the aircraft a 24-hour, high and low altitude delivery capability.


  • 21 Nov 1957- The DOD announced that the first intercontinental ballistic missile base would be built at Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.

  • 21 Nov 1961- The U.S. Air Force launched Midas IV, a heat-sensing satellite designed to detect missile launchings, from Point Arguello into a 2,100-mile circular orbit. As a part of the controversial Project West Force, the satellite ejected a package of several million copper wires to form a reflecting belt in space to aid radio communications. These wires failed to disperse as planned.

  • 21 Nov 1961- U.S. Air Force crewmembers fired their first Titan when the 6555th Aerospace Test Wing launched a test missile on a 5,000-mile flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

  • 21 Nov 1962- After an initial airlift effort from Nov. 2-14, U. S. Air Forces in Europe dispatched C-130s to India to assist Military Air Transport Service in Operation Long Skip, which continued through Aug. 1963. The airlifters carried 20,000 passengers and troops, along with 25,000 tons of supplies and equipment to the area.

  • 21 Nov 1969- A Thor-Delta rocket pushed a Skynet communications satellite for the United Kingdom into orbit. The Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Organization developed the satellite for the British government.

  • 21 Nov 1970- U.S. Air Force and Army task force volunteers tried to rescue American serviceman from the Son Tay prisoner-of-war camp 20 miles west of Hanoi. Brig. Gen. Leroy J. Manor commanded the operation while Army Col. Arthur D. Simons led the search-and-rescue team. The prisoners had been moved elsewhere.

  • 21 Nov1994- Air Force and NATO aircraft bombed Serbian targets to retaliate for a Serbian attack on Bihac. The raid was the largest NATO operation to date.
    21 Nov 1994- During Project Sapphire, three C-5s from the 436th Airlift Wing carried nuclear technicians, equipment, and 1,300 pounds of highly enriched uranium from Kazakhstan to Dover AFB, Del., to protect the nuclear material from terrorists, smugglers and unfriendly governments. The U.S. convoyed the material to Oak Ridge, Tenn., for conversion into commercial nuclear fuel.


  • 22 Nov 1944-Japanese aircraft staged through bases on Halmahera Island and attacked Far East Air Forces installations on Morotai. The raid resulted in two killed and 15 injured with 15 aircraft destroyed and eight damaged. This attack was one of 82 conducted against the Morotai bases between Sept. 15 and Feb. 1, 1945.

  • 22 Nov 1952- While leading a flight of four F-80s against enemy gun positions in Korea, Maj. Charles J. Loring deliberately crashed his damaged aircraft into enemy emplacements. For that sacrifice, he earned the Medal of Honor.

  • 22 Nov 1966- The 321st Strategic Missile Wing at Grand Forks, S.D. became the first complete Minuteman II wing, when it received its last flight of missiles.

  • 22 Nov 1972- The first B-52 Stratofortress lost to enemy action fell prey to a surface-to-air-missile over North Vietnam. The aircraft made it back to Thailand, where the crew ejected safely.







  • 22 Nov 1976- The U.S. Air Force accepted its last F-111F at the General Dynamics plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • 22 Nov 1978- A C-141 flew six medical specialists from Boston, Mass, to Algiers, Algeria, to aid the critically ill President of Algeria.

  • 22 Nov 1982- President Ronald Reagan decided to deploy the M-X in the "Dense Pack" closely spaced basing mode at Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.

  • 22 Nov 1982- Davis- Monthan AFB, Ariz. placed Titan II site 570-9, the first to be inactivated, in caretaker status.


  • 23 Nov 1947- The XC-99, world's largest plane at that time, made its first flight at San Diego.

  • 23 Nov 1957- The DOD authorized Cooke AFB, Calif. to launch ballistic missiles during peacetime.

  • 23 Nov 1963- Strategic Air Command established a requirement for the short-range attack missile, or SRAM.

  • 23 Nov 1981- Strategic Air Command sent eight B-52s of its Strategic Projection Force on the longest nonstop bombing mission in history to date. After a 31-hour, 15,000-mile flight, the B-52s from the 319th Bombardment Wing at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. and the 5th Bombardment Wing at Minot AFB, N.D., dropped bombs on a simulated runway in Egypt. The bombers relied on three air refuelings.


  • 24 Nov 1944- From the Marianas, 88 B-29s flew the first very heavy bomb strike from the Marianas Islands on Tokyo and the Japanese home islands. The XXI Bomber Command, under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Haywood S. Hansell Jr., conducted this attack as its first mission.

  • 24 Nov 1947- White Sands Proving Ground, N.M., launched the first live Aerobee rocket to 190,000 feet.




  • 24 Nov 1950-In the Korean War, B-29s attacked North Korean communications, supply centers, and bridges over the Yalu River, while Fifth Air Force fighters intensified its close air support mission. Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command aircraft dropped ammunition to front-line troops.

  • 24 Nov 1956- During Operation Quick Kick, for two days, four B-52s from the 93rd Bombardment Wing at Castle AFB, Calif., and four B-52s from the 42nd Bombardment Wing at Limestone AFB, Maine, flew a nonstop flight around the North American perimeter. One 93rd BMW bomber, flown by Lt. Col. Marcus L. Hill, Jr. covered the 13,500 miles from Castle to Baltimore to 31 hours, 30 minutes with four KC-97 inflight refuelings.

  • 24 Nov 1969- The U. S. Air Force announced that the Arnold Engineering and Development Center had completed testing on the TF-39, 41,000-pound thrust turbofan engine, destined for the C-5A Galaxy

  • 24 Nov 1974- U.S. President Gerald R. Ford and Soviet Union General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation accord. This agreement limited the deployment of strategic delivery vehicles and Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicles.

  • 24 Nov 1975- During Operation Deep Freeze, a C-141 crew from Travis AFB, Calif., airlifted 100 penguins from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to Miramar, Calif.

  • 24 Nov 1981- Boeing Aerospace Company held a rollout ceremony for its first full-scale production of air-launched cruise missile in Seattle.

  • 24 Nov 1987- A B-1B successfully launched an air-launched cruise missile for the first time.


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