1943: First Major U.S. Defeat of WWII, Battle of Kasserine Pass

Feb 14

1943: First Major U.S. Defeat of WWII, Battle of Kasserine Pass

Today in 1943, the Kasserine Pass was the site of the United States’ first major battle defeat of World War II.

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1913: World’s First Fighter Aircraft, the Vickers EFB1

Feb 13

1913: World’s First Fighter Aircraft, the Vickers EFB1

The Vickers EFB1, aka the Destroyer, was unsuccessful, but it was the world’s first fighter aircraft with the gun in the extreme nose of the aircraft.

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1935: USS Macon Crashes & Marks End of Navy’s Dirigible Program

Feb 12

1935: USS Macon Crashes & Marks End of Navy’s Dirigible Program

Today in 1935, the crash of the USS Macon (ZRS-5) near Big Sur would be the death knell of the Navy’s dirigible program.

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1939: Lockheed XP-38 Breaks Transcontinental Flight Record & Crashes

Feb 11

1939: Lockheed XP-38 Breaks Transcontinental Flight Record & Crashes

Today in 1939, First Lieutenant Benjamin Scovill (“Ben”) Kelsey took the prototype Lockheed XP-38 on a record-breaking transcontinental flight and crashes.

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1952: Medal of Honor Recipient Attacks 12 Enemy MIG-15s

Feb 10

1952: Medal of Honor Recipient Attacks 12 Enemy MIG-15s

Major George Davis, Jr. piloting an F-86 Sabre Jet near the Korean border attacks 12 enemy MIGs speeding toward US fighter-bombers.

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