Today in History – April 6 – (1968) Capt. William David Canup and (1970) Michael Lee Klingner are Killed in Action

William D. Canup was born on May 23, 1941, and hailed from Indianapolis, IN. After high school, he studied Engineering at the University of Evansville. He enlisted in the Air Force and began his tour of duty on February 4, 1968. He was assigned to the 615th TFS out of Phan Rang AB, RVN. “On …

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Today in History – April 5, 1962 – 1962 Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600m

Neil Armstrong and the X-15 by Bob van der Linden, Posted on Tue, July 23, 2019, Aeronautics Department, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum “Released from duty in mid-1952, Armstrong returned to Purdue where he earned his degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955. His love of flight and engineering drew him to the National Advisory …

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Today in History – April 4, 1971- 1Lt Joseph S. Smith KIA after left wing hit over Cambodia

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, “on April 4, 1971, then 1Lt Smith was the pilot of a single-seat F-100D (#563120) aircraft as the leader in a flight of two aircraft on a combat mission over Cambodia [Kampong Thum Province]. While making a pass over the target, the pilot of the other aircraft noted …

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