August 17, 1914 Capt. Lewis E. Goodier Jr. began official tests on the Scott bomb-dropping device in a new Martin T at Signal Corps Aviation School at North Island, Calif. This coincided with the start of unaided aerial bombing in the war.
August 17, 1942 Col. Frank A. Armstrong Jr., led 12 B-17s from the 97th Bomb Group against the Rouen-Sotteville marshalling yards in France. The raid, which was the first Eighth Air Force heavy bomber mission from the United Kingdom against Western Europe in World War II, demonstrated the feasibility of daylight bombing.
August 17, 1943 Eighth Air Force sent more than 300 B-17s on its first raid against German ball-bearing plants at Schweinfurt and the aircraft plants at Regensburg. The mission suffered heavy losses as 60 bombers fell, mostly to enemy fighters. Military leaders reexamined the heavy bomber's ability to protect itself and delayed the next mission until Sept. 6. It was also the first shuttle operation in the European theater.
August 17, 1943 Air Training Command used a C-87 Liberator to carry Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt on a tour of the Pacific theater to boost morale, inspect Red Cross installations, and learn how women from Australia and New Zealand supported the war.
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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