Today in1951: 1st Lt. Jacob Kratt of the 27th Fighter Escort Group performed the remarkable feat of downing two MiG-15s while flying an F-84. Three days later, he shot down a Yak-3, becoming the highest-scoring F-84 pilot of the Korean War. Learn more here --> [ Bit.ly Link ]
Today in 1968: Vietnam POW Lt. Lance Sijan succumbed to his injuries after being recaptured and sent to Hoa Lo prison. Lt. Sijan was posthumously promoted to captain in 1968, and awarded the Medal of Honor in 1976 for his heroism. Read about his story here --> [ 1.usa.gov Link ]
Today in 1991: The A-10A on display was flown by Capt. Paul Johnson on an eight-hour rescue support mission during Operation Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Air Force Cross. More info--> [ 1.usa.gov Link ]
Today in 1961: “The Four Chaplains Commemorative Medal” was awarded to the next of kin of Lt. George L. Fox (Methodist), Lt. Alexander D. Goode (Jewish), Lt. John P. Washington (Roman Catholic), and Lt. Clark V. Poling (Dutch Reformed) who went down with the USAT Dorchester in Feb. 1943. Learn more here --> [ Bit.ly Link ]
Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an icon of the civil rights movement. For many, this day is considered a day of service. What will you do to celebrate Dr. King's legacy?
Today in 1975: Between Jan. 16 and Feb. 1, the museum's single-seat F15A, nicknamed "Streak Eagle," broke eight time-to-climb world records. Learn more here --> [ Bit.ly Link ] This aircraft is currently in the Restoration Hangar and can be viewed on the Behind the Scenes Tour. [ Nationalmuseum.af.mil Link ]