Gemini 5 Spaceflight

Gemini 5 Spaceflight

https://youtu.be/enW_Q6xmzCA In August 1965 NASA launched its 11th crewed spaceflight (including X-15 flights above 100 km). The crew of Gemini 5 broke the Soviet Union's previous record for duration set by Vostok 5 in 1963. Source: Wikipedia

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Operation Rolling Thunder

Operation Rolling Thunder

https://youtu.be/v1f6eQ92JtE Operation Rolling Thunder was a sustained aerial bombardment campaign conducted by the United States Air Force and Navy against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), China and North Korea from March 1965 until November 1968....

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Ranger 8 Hits Moon

Ranger 8 Hits Moon

  In February 1965 the lunar probe Ranger 8 photographed possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts before crashing into the moon. Source: Wikipedia

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US Air Base Attacked by Viet Cong

US Air Base Attacked by Viet Cong

In November 1964 Bien Hoa Air Base, used by the Republic of Vietnam Air Force and United States Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine units, was attacked with mortars by Viet Cong. Four U.S. and two Vietnamese servicemen were killed. Thirty aircraft were destroyed....

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USAF T-39 shot down by a MiG-19

USAF T-39 shot down by a MiG-19

https://youtu.be/d7URLThs53w In January 1964, an unarmed USAF  T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission over Erfurt, East Germany was shot down by a MiG-19 jet fighter of the Soviet Air Force.  All three occupants of the aircraft were...

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Goldsboro Nuclear Near Disaster 

Goldsboro Nuclear Near Disaster 

  In January 1961 a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress carrying two 3–4-megaton nuclear bombs broke up in mid-air near Goldsboro, North Carolina dropping its nuclear payload in the process. Ejecting at 9,000 ft, five crewmen landed safely....

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Airliners Collide Midair Over New York

Airliners Collide Midair Over New York

In December 1960 a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 bound for Idlewild Airport (now JFK) in New York City collided in midair with a TWA Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation descending toward LaGuardia Airport. 128 aboard the two aircraft and six people on the ground were...

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U2 Spy Plane Incident

U2 Spy Plane Incident

https://youtu.be/4dFx7hSGyHI In May 1960 a Soviet missile shot down an American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers while conducting photographic aerial reconnaissance deep inside Soviet territory near Sverdlovsk. In February 1962,...

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Unarmed Nuclear Bomb Dropped on South Carolina

Unarmed Nuclear Bomb Dropped on South Carolina

https://youtu.be/u1s46O9FK-E In March 1958 a B-47 pilot accidentally grabbed the bomb bay door lever and released an unarmed nuclear bomb at 15,000 feet over the suburbs of Florence, South Carolina. The bomb's high explosives exploded on impact, wrecking a house and...

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John Glenn Sets Airspeed Record 

John Glenn Sets Airspeed Record 

In July 1957 Marine Corps Major John Glenn flew a Vought F8U Crusader, from Los Alamitos Naval Air Station in California to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York in three hours, 23 minutes, setting a transcontinental speed record: 725.55 mph.

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Distant Early Warning Line

Distant Early Warning Line

The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line was the northernmost of three radar lines in Canada and Alaska. Designed to provide enough warning time of a nuclear attack to enable launching an effective counterattack, the DEW line was placed far north of the joint...

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US Hydrogen Bomb Dropped Over Bikini Atoll 

US Hydrogen Bomb Dropped Over Bikini Atoll 

In May 1956 the United States conducted the first airborne test of an improved hydrogen bomb. Dropped from a B-52 bomber over the island of Namu in the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the successful test indicated that hydrogen bombs were viable airborne weapons...

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Transcontinental Non-stop Flight

Transcontinental Non-stop Flight

https://youtu.be/sfwb9piy9WQ In November 1953 American Airlines began the 1st regular non-stop commercial NY-LA air service with the Douglas DC7 . yesterdays airlines.com 1932 First scheduled cross-country passenger flights with no change of plane 1933...

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MiG-15 Pilot Flees to South Korea

MiG-15 Pilot Flees to South Korea

https://youtu.be/bFzEp0vuC7Y Operation Moolah - in 1953 U.S forces in Korea offered $100,00 and political asylum to the first pilot who defected to South Korea with a combat-capable MiG-15. In September 1953, a MiG- 15 piloted by Senior Lt. No Kum-Sok of the North...

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Chinese Spring Offensive Air War

Chinese Spring Offensive Air War

https://youtu.be/HNgrTVzYDHA The Air Plan After their New Years' offensive, the Chinese People's Volunteer Army high command decided to use the People's Air Force in support of future ground operations. In preparation for this move, an air-ground training...

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U.S. Bombing of Pyongyang

U.S. Bombing of Pyongyang

https://youtu.be/5v4_kNVCgXc The first intentional U.S. air raid on civilian populations in North Korea occurred with the bombing of the capital city Pyongyang in January 1951. (YouTube video is from 1952). Throughout the remainder of the war, a sustained U.S. air...

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Fire Bombing North Korean Cities

Fire Bombing North Korean Cities

https://youtu.be/5v4_kNVCgXc 1952 Attack on Pyongyang From June to October 1950 US Far East Air Force (FEAF) B-29 bombers limited their targets to transport centers and industrial hubs in North Korea. Nevertheless, these "precision bombing" attacks...

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MiG-15 Enters the war

MiG-15 Enters the war

https://youtu.be/tsGREOUphOM On November 30, 1950 a U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress, attacking an air base in North Korea, was lightly damaged by a  lightning-fast, unidentified fighter. The B-29's gunner was unable to fix the fast enemy fighter in the gunsights of...

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Bombing North Korea

Bombing North Korea

https://youtu.be/AVuy3e1vDYw Early in the war, after the virtual destruction of the North Korean Air Force, U.S.  Far East Air Force (FEAF)  B-29 bombers carried out massive aerial attacks on transport centers and industrial hubs in North Korea....

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America in Space 

America in Space 

https://youtu.be/XcCfcKhXv4w Image credit: NASA   In July 1950 the first rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The General Electric Bumper 2 was a two-stage rocket made of a V-2 missile base topped with a WAC Corporal rocket, capable of reaching...

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