This Day in History: The 1966 NASA T-38 crash

On this day in 1966, two astronauts are tragically killed as they travel from Houston to St. Louis. Elliot See and Charles Bassett were scheduled for two weeks of simulator training at a McDonnell Aircraft facility. They were the prime crew assigned to Gemini 9, slated to launch later that spring. See and Bassett weren’t […]

This Day in History: Texans at the Alamo refuse to surrender

On this day in 1836, a group of Texans hold their ground during a siege at the Alamo. That siege and the battle that followed were among the most pivotal events of the Texas Revolution. Mere days earlier, on February 23, Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna had arrived at the Alamo with his […]

This Day in History: John Levitow & his Medal of Honor

On this day in 1969, Airman First Class John Levitow becomes the lowest ranking Air Force member ever to earn a Medal of Honor. He was promptly promoted to Sergeant. Levitow was then serving aboard a Douglas AC-47, Spooky 71, as that aircraft patrolled the skies near Saigon. He was loadmaster, which meant that one […]