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Last KC-135A Departs WAFB

On this date in 1992, “Freedoms Best", was the last Tanker to depart Wurtsmith. Click to read the article

On this date in 1965 …

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On 29 September 1965, ten years after it entered service, the first operational Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, RB-52B-15-BO 52-8711, was retired to the Strategic Aerospace Museum, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. 52-8711, had arrived at Castle Air Force Base, California on 29 June 1955, and was assigned to the 93rd Bombardment Wing (Heavy). It later served […]

In Memoriam

On this date in 1988, KC-135A, 60-0317, was returning from TDY to KI Sawyer. The aircraft made a hard landing following a steep approach in crosswind conditions and went off the side of the runway and broke up. A fire erupted. All crew members were lost. A firefighting exercise had just completed, and the team […]

On this day in aviation history…

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18 October 1922: At Selfridge Field, near Mount Clemens, Michigan, Assistant Chief of the Air Service Brigadier General William Mitchell set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Absolute Speed Record flying a Curtiss R-6 biplane, Air Service serial number A.S. 68564, over a 1 kilometer course at a speed of 358.84 kilometers per hour (222.973 miles per […]

Anniversary of the first powered, controlled flight of an airplane

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane. Learn more here>>

On this day in SAC aviation history …..

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On 16 January 1957: Operation POWER FLITE. At 1:00 p.m. PST, five Boeing B-52B Stratofortress eight-engine jet bombers of the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command, 93rd Bombardment Wing (Heavy), departed Castle Air Force Base, near Merced, California, on a non-stop around-the-world flight. 45 hours, 19 minutes later, three B-52s landed at March Air […]

Remembering the Challenger

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On today's date in 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger crew was lost 73 seconds into flight. These astronauts made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.