April 20, 1916 Sgt. Maj. Elliott Cowdin became the first American pilot to receive the French Medaile Militaire.
April 20, 1923 Maj. Henry "Hap" Arnold led a group of Army Air Corps Airmen from Rockwell Field, Calif., to prove the possibility of inflight refueling. Major Arnold and his men ran a hose between two DeHavilland DH-4Bs for the first inflight contact. Although no fuel transferred during the 40-minute test, the modified tankers demonstrated the feasibility of gravity-flow air refueling.
April 20, 1943 Staging from Funafuti in Ellice Islands, Seventh Air Force B-24s attacked Tarawa for the first time.
April 20, 1962 The first Titan Is placed on alert to make the 724th Strategic Missile Squadron operational at Lowry AFB, Colo.
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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