Today in History – July 29, 1952 – RB-45 Tornado makes first non-stop trans-Pacific flight.

29 July 1952 –  A USAF RB-45 Tornado makes the first non-stop trans-Pacific flight, having been refueled twice by KB-29s along the way. The North American B-45 Tornado was an early American jet-powered bomber designed and manufactured by aircraft company North American Aviation. It has the distinction of being the first operational jet bomber to enter …

Today in History – July 29, 1952 – RB-45 Tornado makes first non-stop trans-Pacific flight. Read More »

Today in History – July 28, 1959 – LtCol William H. Rankin (USMC) survives longest recorded parachute descent in history.

“On July 26, 1959, Marine LtCol William Rankin “was flying in an F-8 Crusader from Naval Air Station South Weymouth in Massachusetts to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. At around 6:00 PM, minutes before Rankin was about to make his descent towards Beaufort, the pilot heard grinding sounds coming from his aircraft’s …

Today in History – July 28, 1959 – LtCol William H. Rankin (USMC) survives longest recorded parachute descent in history. Read More »

Today in History – July 27, 1995 – The Korean War Veteran’s Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC.

27 July 1995 – “The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located in Washington, D.C.’s West Potomac Park, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. It memorializes those who served in the Korean War. The initial design competition was won in 1986 by a team of four architects from The Pennsylvania State University, but this team withdrew …

Today in History – July 27, 1995 – The Korean War Veteran’s Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC. Read More »

Scroll to Top