January 31, 1956 The 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group at Shaw AFB, S.C., received the first RB-66C aircraft.
January 31, 1958 Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite to go into orbit, is launched by a Jupiter C rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
January 31, 1961 A Redstone booster carrying Ham, a chimpanzee, in a Mercury space capsule launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on an 18-minute, 420-mile flight. Ham performs well during the flight, apparently suffering no ill-effects.
January 31, 1965 Gen. Curtis E. LeMay retired as Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Gen. John P. McConnell succeeded him, effective Feb. 1.
Detachment 1 (Edwards AFB, Calif.) Mission: Lead agency for accomplishing Block 2 and 3 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation of the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Contact Information: (661) 275-2120
Detachment 2 (Eglin AFB, Fla.) Mission: To evaluate operational system(s) mission capability, effectiveness, and suitability for Air Force and multiservice users by conducting impartial and realistic operational evaluations and assessments. Contact Information: (850) 883-1089
Detachment 4 (Peterson AFB, Colo.) Mission: Operationally tests space, missile, and missile defense capabilities in the battlespace environment for the warfighter. Contact Information: (719) 556-5850
Detachment 5 (Edwards AFB, Calif.) Mission: To ensure warfighters and logisticians have the right tools for the job....Permitting them to effectively and safely accomplish their mission. Contact Information: (661) 277-3666
Detachment 6 (Nellis AFB, Nev.) Mission:To plan and conduct realistic, objective, and impartial operational test and evaluation of fighter aircraft. Contact Information:(702) 652-4325
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