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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 […]

On this date in 1975

Wurtsmith Air Museum 4071 East Van Ettan Street, Oscoda, MI, United States

In October and November of 1975 several UFOs were reported near not only Wurtsmith's weapons storage area, but three other bases across the country. https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP88-01315R000300070001-4.pdf      

The first B-52, the XB-52, rolled out on this date in 1951

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The Air Force issued requirement for a new strategic bomber in November 1945. Boeing won the contract bid June 5, 1946. The B-52 design evolved from a straight-wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype B-52s with eight turbojet engines. By early 1949, Boeing was preparing two prototypes, the XB-52 and YB-52, […]

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>> https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/fly/1903/

On this day in SAC aviation history …..

Wurtsmith Air Museum 4071 East Van Ettan Street, Oscoda, MI, United States

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.