Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association

  • 25 Sep 1918 - Lt. Edward V. Richenbacker attacked seven German aircraft near Billy, France, while on a voluntary patrol. Despite the odds, he dived on them and shot one of the Fokkers out of control and then attacked one of the Halkberstadts and also shot it down. For this action he later received the Medal of Honor..

  • 25 Sep 1947 - Gen. Carl Spaatz is appointed the first U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff.

  • 25 Sep 1957 - First TM-76A Mace missile flown from the Air Force Missile Development Center at Holloman AFB, N.M. to Wendover AFB, Utah, by overland test corridor.






  • 25 Sep 1958 - Capt. Ronald J. Layton flew an F-101 Voodoo 2,000 miles from Bermuda Island to Fort Worth, Texas in three hours, nine minutes to set a record for nonstop, nonrefueled flight in a supersonic jet.

  • 25 Sep 1981 - A B-52G with the Offensive Avionics System, arrived at Edwards AFB, Calif. for Integrated Weapons System testing.

  • 25 Sep 1997 - The OC-135B "Open Skies" treaty verification aircraft flew over Edwards AFB, Calif. The specialized aircraft, from Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and manned by a joint U. S. Air Force and Turkish crew, conducted the overflight sortie as part of a test run for the Open Skies program as part of the international Chemical Weapons Convention.

  • 25 Sep 1997 - Astronaut David A. Wolf, a former Indiana Air National Guard flight surgeon, launched into orbit on the Space Shuttle Atlantis. He then served as a long duration crewmember on the Russian MIR Space Station, returning to earth on the Space Shuttle Endeavor on Jan. 31, 1989. It was his second space flight.

  • 26 Sep 1911 - Lt. Thomas DeWitt Milling flew a Burgess-Wright airplane to a world three-man duration record of one hour 54 minute 42 seconds for flight with two passengers. He also won the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy for this flight.

  • 26 Sep 1918 - From this date, Air Service pilots shot down 74 German aircraft and 15 balloons through Oct. 1.

  • 26 Sep 1950 - While U.S. military forces from Inchon and Pusan linked up near Osan, Fifth Air Force support allowed South Korean troops to move northward along the east coast toward the 38th parallel. The 22nd Bombardment Group dispatched 20 B-29s to bomb a munitions factory at Haeju, destroying the power plant and five related buildings. Other 92nd Bombardment Group B-29s raided the Pujon hydroelectric plant near Hungnam. These attacks marked the end of the first strategic bombing campaign against North Korea.




  • 26 Sep 1958 - Following a course from Rapid City, S.D., over Douglas, Ariz., to Newberg, Ore., two B-52 Stratofortresses from the 28th Bombardment Wing at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. set world speed records. Lt. Col. Victor L. Sandacz received credit for flying 10,000 kilometers in a closed circuit without payload at 560.7 mph and 5,000 kilometers in a closed circuit without payload at 597.7 mph. He also flew 6,233.98 miles for the longest nonrefueled jet bomber to date.




  • 26 Sep 1959 - After Typhoon Vera devastated Nagoya, Japan, C-124s delivered 200 tons of food, clothing and other supplies to the area.

  • 26 Sep 1971 - Air Weather Service WC-130s dropped silver iodide into Hurricane Ginger to decrease the storm's intensity. It was the service's first hurricane seeding attempt.

  • 26 Nov 1975 - The X-24B research craft flew its last flight at Edwards AFB. Calif.

  • 26 Sep 1991 - The U.S. Air Force and Military Airlift Command accepted the first C-27A Spartan, a militarized version of the Italian Alenia G222. The C-27As supported the U.S. Southern Command mission.

  • 26 Sep 1994 - A B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer, and a KC-10 Extender landed at Poltava AB, Ukraine. It was the first time that American bombers had landed there since World War II. In World War II, Eighth Air Force B-17s used Poltava for shuttle bombing missions against Nazi targets in Germany and eastern Europe.

  • 26 Sep 1991 - The U.S. Air Force and Military Airlift Command accepted the first C-27A Spartan, a militarized version of the Italian Alenia G222. The C-27As supported the U.S. Southern Command mission.

  • 26 Sep 1994 - A B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer, and a KC-10 Extender landed at Poltava AB, Ukraine. It was the first time that American bombers had landed there since World War II. In World War II, Eighth Air Force B-17s used Poltava for shuttle bombing missions against Nazi targets in Germany and eastern Europe 

  • 26 Sep 2000 - An F-15 team from Edwards AFB, Calif., successfully used the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System to fire an AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile over the Navy's China Lake range. The missile destroyed an unmanned Phantom II drone.

  • 26 Sep 2000 - President George H. W. Bush terminated Strategic Air Command's alert force operations, which started operating in October 1957. This action heralded an end to the Cold War.





  • 27 Sep 1943 - Eighth Air Force B-17s attacked targets in Emden, Germany, with nearly 1,000 tons of bombs, the heaviest assault on a single target to date in World War II. A P-47 fighter escort with belly tanks also set a distance record by flying more than 600 miles on the mission.

  • 27 Sep 1951 - During Operation Pelican, a C-124 Globemaster II made its first flight from Japan to Korea, carrying 30,000 pounds of aircraft parts to Kimpo Airfield. The flight demonstrated the potential use of a very large transport for operations in a combat theater.

  • 27 Sep 1956 - Dropped by a B-50 bomber over the Mojave Desert, Capt. Milburn G. Apt flew the rocket-powered Bell X-2 to a speed record of 2,094 mph. The flight ended tragically when the X-2 crashed, killing Capt. Apt.

  • 27 Sep 1962 - Construction on the last Minuteman I facilities ended at Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

  • 27 Sep 1963 - The last Thor missile from Britain reached the U.S.

  • 27 Sep 1970 - The U.S. Air Force flew the Army's 32nd Mobile Surgical Hospital from Germany and the U. S. Air Force's 48th Air Transportable Hospital from England to war-torn Jordan, lasting through Oct. 28. The 240 people and 186 tons of equipment supplied were carried to the area in 25 sorties flown in two days during Operation Fig Hill.

  • 27 Sep 1978 - During Exercise Reforger, Gen. William G. Moore, Military Airlift Command commander, landed a C-130 on an 8,000-foot stretch of unopened German autobahn. This was a first.

  • 27 Sep 1991- President George H. W. Bush terminated Strategic Air Command's alert force operations, which started operating in October 1957. This action heralded an end to the Cold War.

  • 27 Sep 1991 - When a mutiny of soldiers joined by rebellious civilians in Kinshasha, Zaire, threatened the lives of foreigners, Military Airlift Command units helped to evacuate more than 1,000 people.

  • 27 Sep 1993 - Gen. James H. Doolittle, who led the first air raid on Tokyo and commanded the Eighth Air Force during World War II, dies at the age of 96.

  • 27 Sep 1999 - SR-71A made the next-to-last flight of the Mach 3 plane above Edwards AFB, Calif., NASA Dryden Flight Research Center "Blackbird" to Mach 2.70 and 64,000 feet with the dorsal flight test fixture from the Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment.



  • 28 Sep 1912 - Cpl. Frank S. Scott became the first enlisted fatality in Signal Corps Aviation.

  • 28 Sep 1921 - Lt. John A. Macready flew his Lepere Biplane to a 34,508-foot world record. He received the Mackay Trophy for this flight.

  • 28 Sep 1948 - The Army Signal Corps released a balloon at Belmar, N.J., and it set a 140,000-foot altitude record.

  • 28 Sep 1950 - At Holloman AFB, N.M, eight white mice survived a balloon flight to 97,000 feet.




  • 28 Sep 1950 - The 7th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, the first jet fighter squadron to operate from a base in Korea, moved from Itazuke, Japan to Taegu, South Korea. Three RB-45 Tornadoes, the first jet reconnaissance aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory, arrived in the Far East.

  • 28 Sep 1951 - An F-80 flew a 14-hour, 15 minute combat mission with eight refuelings. Far East Air Forces informed the U.S. Air Force in October of what may have been the longest flight on record for jet aircraft using inflight refueling.

  • 28 Sep 1962 - A Strategic Air Command crew launched its first Minuteman I from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

  • 28 Sep 1962 - Strategic Air Command's declaration of the 568th Strategic Missile Squadron at Larson AFB, Wash., as operational ended the deployment of Titan I missiles.

  • 28 Sep 1964 - With eight KC-135s, the Yankee Team Tanker Task Force, started supporting Pacific Air Forces fighter combat operations.

  • 28 Sep 1983 - The U.S. Air Force designated the new EF-111A tactical electronic jamming aircraft as the Raven.

  • 28 Sep 1993 - At Yokota AB, Japan, a 32-year-old C-130 Hercules in the 36th Airlift Squadron flew its 25,000th flying hour.



  • 29 Sep 1918 - After destroying a number of enemy aircraft within 17 days, Lt. Frank Luke of the 27th Aero Squadron volunteered to go on a patrol to shoot down German balloons. Despite an attack by enemy fighters, he successfully shot down a balloon. Severely wounded, Lt. Luke continued toward other targets where ground fire brought him down. On the ground, the Germans asked him to surrender, but Lt. Luke drew a pistol and was killed in a gunfight with German soldiers. He received the Medal of Honor posthumously.

  • 29 Sep 1945 - Dr. Wernher von Braun and other rocket scientists from Germany arrived in the U.S. Shortly thereafter, they began translating documents from the Peenemunde Test Center. These engineers helped the U.S. in its missile and space program under Project Paper Clip.

  • 29 Sep 1950 - Capt. Richard V. Wheeler made a world-record parachute jump of 42,449 feet at Holloman AFB, N.M.

  • 29 Sep 1956 - The 405th Fighter-Bomber Wing at Langley AFB, Va., received Tactical Air Command's first F-100D.

  • 29 Sep 1961 - Strategic Air Command declared the first Atlas E unit, the 567th Strategic Missile Squadron at Fairchild AFB, Wash., operational.

  • 29 Sep 1961 - Strategic Air Command issued a requirement for an ultra high frequency emergency rocket communications system.

  • 29 Sep 1964 - The XC-142A vertical takeoff and landing aircraft made its first short-takeoff flight at Dallas, Texas.

  • 29 Sep 1964 - The first of 36 Minuteman II launches occurred at Cape Kennedy, Fla. In this flight, the missile successfully delivered its payload nearly 5,000 miles downrange on target.

  • 29 Sep 1965 - Strategic Air Command retired the first B-52 it received to the Aerospace Museum at Offutt AFB. It had been assigned 22nd Bombardment Wing at March AFB, Calif.

  • 29 Sep 1968 - Launched one year earlier from Christchurch, New Zealand, a 10-foot diameter plastic balloon named GHOST broke all balloon flight duration records.







  • 29 Sep 1969 - At Edwards AFB, Calif, the first C-7A caribou arrived for testing. 
  • 29 Sep 1971 - Strategic Air Command retired its last B-52C from the 22nd Bomb Wing at March AFB, Calif., to the Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz., storage area.

  • 29 Sep 1974 - At Edwards AFB, Calif., the F-5F completed its first flight.

  • 29 Sep 1976 - The first of two groups of 10 women-pilot candidates enter undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Ariz., the first time since World War II that women could train to become pilots of military aircraft.

  • 29 Sep 1988 - The Space Shuttle Discovery launched to end the long stand-down of the space program after the Challenger disaster.

  • 29 Sep 1994 - U.S. Air Forces in Europe vacates Soesterberg AB, the Netherlands, and RAF Upper Heyford, United Kingdom, marking further reduction of American air bases in Europe after the Cold War.

  • 29 Sep 1999 - At Edwards AFB, Calif., an Air Force Flight Training Center team began test sorties of the LITENING II precision targeting pod to equip Air National Guard and Reserve F-16s with a precision strike capability against sea and land-base targets.

  • 29 Sep 2005 - A C-17 dropped a dummy air-launched rocket booster from 6,000 feet over the Edwards AFB, Calif., Precision Impact Range Area. The Air Launch Quick-Reach Booster was a full-scale mockup for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Small Launch Vehicle program competition. At 67 feet long and 50,000 pounds, it was the largest object ever dropped from a C-17, and nearly the heaviest.







  • 30 Sep 1949 - The Berlin airlift, gradually reduced since May 12, officially ends. Allied aircraft carried 2,343,301.5 tons of supplies on 277,264 flights. U.S. planes carried 1,783,826 tons. 
  • 30 Sep 1952 - The Rascal GAM-63 air-to-surface strategic missile completed its first powered flight at Holloman AFB, N.M.

  • 30 Sep 1958 - The Department of Defense announced an agreement with Italy to build Jupiter missile bases on Italian soil.

  • 30 Sep 1961 - The U.S. Air Force transferred all of Tactical Air Command's base rescue mission and corresponding aircraft to the Military Air Transport Service.

  • 30 Sep 1963 - Strategic Air Command declared the 66th Strategic Missile Squadron at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., operational, making it the first Minuteman I unit to reach that status.

  • 30 Sep 1964 - The Titan II's acquisition phase ended when Air Force Logistics Command assumed engineering support responsibilities.

  • 30 Sep 1968 - The F-4D "Go Get Em," from the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn AB, Thailand, flew 80 combat sorties over North Vietnam during September to break all existing records for the number of sorties in a month by an F-4.

  • 30 Sep 1969 - Cannon AFB, N.M., and the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing received the first F-111E.

  • 30 Sep 1975 - During Operation High Noon, Strategic Air Command Commander Gen. Russell E. Dougherty decided not to hold an annual bombing competition. Instead, he exercised SAC's ability to carry out contingency operations with minimum preparation through Oct. 2. The test included Royal Air Force Vulcan bombers and six Tactical Air Command F-111s. The 92nd Bombardment Wing at Fairchild AFB, Wash., won the outstanding SAC unit award for the competition.





  • 30 Sep 1977 - The first C-141 transatlantic mission without a navigator abroad traveled from Charleston AFB, S.C. to Naval Air Station Rota, Spain. The aircraft used an inertial navigation system.

  • 30 Sep 1982 - In October 1981, President Ronald Reagan ordered the deactivation of the Titan II weapon system. The missile in Site 571-6 of the 390th Strategic Missile Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., became the first to be removed from alert for deactivation.

  • 30 Sep 1984 - The 37th Tactical Fighter Wing at George AFB, Calif., achieved an initial operational capability with the AGM-88 High Speed Antiradiation missile.

  • 30 Sep 1989 - Tactical Air Command declared an initial operational capability for the F-15E with the 366th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.

  • 30 Sep 1990 - Military Airlift Command transferred its C-23A Sherpas to Air Force Systems Command at Edwards AFB, Calif.; the U.S. Army at Redstone Army Airfield, Ala.; and the U.S. Forest Service, Boise, Idaho.

  • 30 Sep 1993 - The following U.S. Air Force bases close: Chanute AFB, Ill; Mather AFB, Calif.; Williams AFB, Ariz.; Bergstrom and Carswell AFBs, Texas. Additionally, U.S. Air Forces in Europe turns over RAF Bentwaters to the British.

  • 30 Sep 1994 - The following Air Force bases close: Grissom AFB; Ind.; Loring AFB; Maine; Lowry AFB; Colo.; Richards-Gebaur AFB, Mo.; and Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio.

  • 30 Sep 1995 - 93rd Bomb Wing, first B-52 wing in Strategic Air Command, inactivates after 47 years of continuous service. Its home base at Castle AFB, Calif., also closes. Also closing after 41 years is Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y.


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