On this date in 1955, B-52B 52-8711 became the first B-52 to enter operational service with 93rd Heavy Bombardment Wing at Castle AFB. https://www.avgeekery.com/come-fly-the- ... grandfat…/
60 years ago today:
On this date in 1960 the English Electric Lightning entered service with Royal Air Force No. 74 Squadron at RAF Coltishall. https://www.avgeekery.com/watch-english ... ightning…/
48 years ago today:
On this date in 1972 US Air Force Captain Steven L. Bennett perished while flying a Forward Air Controller mission in a North American OV-10 Bronco. Bennett was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
How about a little love for our fans down under today, for it was #OTD in 1950 that P-51 Mustangs of No. 77 Squadron RAAF were sent to Korea as part of Australia's contribution to the war. Pictured here is Wing Commander Lou Spence prior to a mission over Korea in August 1950.
No. 77 Squadron had been part of the Japanese occupation force after WWII, and was just preparing to return to Australia when the Korean War broke out. No. 77 Squadron was committed to action over Korea as part of the UN forces, and flew its first ground attack sorties on July 2, 1950, making it the first UN unit to see action.
They were withdrawn to Japan in April 1951 to transition to the Gloster Meteor and returned with the jet aircraft in July. Though the Meteors met with greater success against MiG-15s, the MiGs were still superior, and following heavy losses, No. 77 Squadron was shifted to a ground attack role from December 1951 until the end of the war. They remained in South Korea on garrison duties until returning to Australia in November 1954.
43 years ago today:
On this dark day in 1977 President Jimmy Carter cancelled the B-1 program. https://www.avgeekery.com/rockwell-b-1a ... -ahead-t…/
31 years ago today:
On this date in 1989 the Boeing 737-500 flew for the first time. They largely replaced these classics. https://www.avgeekery.com/pilot-report- ... t-stubby…/
Happy birthday to the Força Aérea Portuguesa!🥳
The Portuguese Air Force celebrates its 68th anniversay today!
54 years ago today:
Eye opener- on this date in 1966 the Fairchild FH-227 entered service with Mohawk Airlines.
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