August 31, 1932 Air Corps pilots flew five miles above the earth's surface to photograph an eclipse of the sun.
August 31, 1950 After a 10-day lull in ground fighting, North Korean forces launched a coordinated attack along the entire Pusan perimeter. Fifth Air Force provided close air support for the defending U.N. troops, while 74 B-29s bombed mining facilities, metal industries, and marshalling yards at Chinnampo in the largest strategic bombing mission of August. The targets included aluminum and magnesium plants.
August 31, 1956 The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker flew its maiden flight
August 31, 1965 First Minuteman II missile emplaced in a 447th Strategic Missile Squadron silo.
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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