Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association







  • 25 Nov 1945- Col. Joseph Holzapple flew a Douglas A-26 Invader around the world.

  • 25 Nov 1956- Tech Sgt Richard J. Patton made the first successful polar parachute jump when he bailed out of a C-124 Globemaster from 1,500 feet at the South Pole.

  • 25 Nov 1957- Strategic Air Command phased out its KB-29 tankers by transferring the last two KB-29s from the 27th Air Refueling Wing at Bergstrom AFB, Texas to the aircraft storage area at Davis-Monthan, Ariz.

  • 25 Nov 1980- Military Airlift Command units delivered 1,305 tons of fire retardant chemicals to battle 11 major fires in four counties east of Los Angeles through Nov. 29.

  • 26 Nov 1950- During the Korean War, B-26s flew their first close-air support night missions under Tactical Air Control Party direction. The 3rd Bomb Group flew 67 B-26 missions along the Eighth Army's bomb line in five hours. Nevertheless, Chinese forces pushed the Eighth Army and the X Corps southward.






  • 26 Nov 1955- An N-69D-configured Snark flew its first flight test at Cape Canaveral, Fla. It was the first to use a stellar inertial guidance system.


  • 26 Nov 1956-Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson issued a "Roles and Mission" memo to the Armed Forces Policy council to fix jurisdiction over missile development. This gave the U.S. Air Force control of surface-to-surface missiles with ranges over 200 miles and surface-to-air missiles with ranges over 100 miles, while the Army controlled missiles with ranges less than 200 and 100 miles, respectively

    • 26 Nov 1958- From Cape Canaveral, Fla., an operational Thor missile completed its first successful launch.

  • 26 Nov 1968- While flying a UH-IF helicopter, 1st Lt. James P. Fleming twice exposed his aircraft to intense hostile fire while rescuing a special forces reconnaissance patrol near Due Co, Vietnam. He later received the Medal of Honor for his heroic action.

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

  • 26 Nov 1976- After an earthquake in Turkey, Military Airlift Command launched one C-5, 14 C-141s, and 15 C-130s with 486 tons of supplies and equipment from Ramstein AB, Germany; and Rhein-Main AB, Germany; Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England; Pisa AB, Italy; and Cigli AB, Turkey through Nov. 29. C-130s also moved nearly 520 tons of supplies and airlift control element members from Incirlik to Van Airfield, Turkey.

  • 26 Nov 1980- Military Airlift Command C-130s flew 18 missions to airlift 1,000 tents from Germany Naples through Dec 2 to help people made homeless by an earthquake in Italy. Commercial aircraft under MAC contract also moved relief supplies from the U.S. to the disaster area, while U.S. Air Forces in Europe provided blankets, tents and C-rations. Air Force communications personnel from Monte Vergine gave intensive aid to local communities.

  • 26 Nov 1991- The lowering of the American flag at Clark AB, Philippines signals the closing of the largest overseas U.S. Air Force base in the world as well as the end of more than 90 years of U.S. presence there.


  • 27 Nov 1957-Secretary of Defense Neil H. McElroy, decided to place the Air Force's Thor and the Army's Jupiter into production for operational deployment by December 1958.



  • 27 Nov 1957- Using McDonnell RF-101 Voodoos, four pilots set various FAI records, Capt Robert M. Sweet flew his jet at 721.85 mph to set a round-trip transcontinental record of six hours, 46 minutes, 36 seconds from Los Angles to New York. Returning to New York, he also set an east-west record of 677.73 mph in three hours, 36 minutes, 32.4 seconds. Capt. Robert J. Kilpatrick and Lt. Gustave B. Klatt both broke Sweet's West-East record by flying to New York at 765.7 mph and 781.7 mph. Klatt also claimed the time record of three hours, seven minutes, 43.6 seconds.



  • 27 Nov 1962- Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. received the first Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile.

  • 27 Nov 1963- NASA launched the first liquid-hydrogen-powered vehicle, the Atlas-Centaur, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. into a 300-to 900-mile orbit. The empty Centaur stage, at 10,200 pounds, became the heaviest object put into orbit by a U.S. rocket to date.

  • 27 Nov 1964- Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara approved Project Long Life to launch three modified Minuteman IB missile in a realistic operational environment on short-range flights from Ellsworth AFB, S.D. Each missile had sufficient fuel in the first stage for a seven-second flight, and all other stages were inert. Two of the three shots were failures.

  • 28 Nov 1947- The Air Force added strategic aerial mining to Strategic Air Command's list of mission responsibilities.

  • 28 Nov 1950- From Yompo, North Korea, the 35th Fighter Interceptor Group flew close- air support missions for encircled U.S. forces. For the first time, B-26s bombed within 1,000 yards of the front line. A small communist aircraft bombed Pyongyang Airfield and badly damaged 11 P-51 Mustangs on the ground.

  • 28 Nov 1958- An Atlas B intercontinental ballistic missile completed a full-range flight test for the first time in a 6,000-mile flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla. down the Atlantic Missile Range to the Ascension Island area.

  • 28 Nov 1979- During Creek Sentry, U.S. Air Forces in Europe conducted its first mission to provide airborne early warning and control system training for U.S. and Allied personnel in Central Europe.

  • 29 Nov 1949- Jacqueline Cochran set an international speed record of 436.995 mph for 310.685 miles without a payload in an F-51 Mustang at the Desert Center, in Mount Wilson Course, Calif.

  • 29 Nov 1957- Gen. Thomas D. White disclosed the development of an anti-missile called the Wizard, the assignment of intercontinental and intermediate-range ballistic missile programs to Strategic Air Command, and a transfer of the 1st Missile Division to SAC. Also, the San Bernardino Air Force Depot, Calif. would assume support for long-range ballistic missile programs.

  • 29 Nov 1958- The U.S. Air Force cancelled the Rascal air-to-surface missile designed for the B-47, but kept the Hound Dog and GAM-72A Quail programs.

  • 29 Nov 1961- Enos, a chimp trained at Holloman AFB, N.M., became the first U.S. spaceman when he launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in a Project Mercury capsule into orbit-twice around earth.

  • 29 Nov 1962- The first Thor intermediate range ballistic missile came off alert in the United Kingdom for the missile's phase out program.

  • 29 Nov 1975- The first annual Red Flag exercise occurred at Nellis AFB, Nev. to provide realistic training for combat aircrews.

  • 29 Nov 1989- The Air Force released a list of bases that would receive the Peacekeeper Rail Garrison System: Barksdale AFB, La., Grand Forks AFB, N.D., Fairchild AFB, Wash., Dyess AFB, Texas, Little Rock AFB, Ark., Wurtsmith AFB, Mich. and Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.

  • 29 Nov 1989- The YA-7F made its first flight from the LTV facility in Dallas, Texas. It would transfer later to Edwards AFB, Calif. for further testing.








  • 30 Nov 1948- Curtiss-Wright demonstrated new reversible pitch propellers, which enabled a C-54 Skymaster to descend from 15,000 to 1,000 feet in one minute and 22 seconds.

  • 30 Nov 1951- Maj. George A. Davis Jr., shot down his fourth and fifth enemy planes in Korea. This event made him an ace in two wars with five aerial victories in Korea and seven in World War II.

  • 30 Nov 1956- The Martin TM-61 Matador, a jet-propelled missile, made its final test flight. It became the U.S. Air Force's first "completely" tactical missile.

  • 30 Nov 1959- A B-47 bomber set a nonstop distance record and an airborne endurance record for jets by criss-crossing the U.S. for 39,200 miles in 80 hours, 36 minutes. The B-47 started from and returned to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

  • 30 Nov 1962- Lockheed's XV-4A Hummingbird vertical take-off and landing airplane made its first tethered hovering flight.

  • 30 Nov 1978- The U.S. Air Force received its last LGM-30G Minuteman III at Hill AFB, Utah.

  • 30 Nov 1983- The U.S. Air Force used its fiscal 1984 option to buy four more C-5Bs.

  • 30 Nov 1983- In the Titan II deactivation program, a contractor destroyed the first headworks of a launch site, 570-7, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.







  • 30 Nov 1989- Strategic Air Command opened its U-2 and TR-1 pilot training program to women.

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