NEWS | Oct. 31, 2011

This week in Air Force history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Oct. 30, 1918 - Capt. Edward Rickenbacker shot down his 26th and final enemy aircraft of World War I.

Oct. 31, 2001 - A pair of C-17 Globemaster IIIs flew over Afghanistan to deliver some 35,000 humanitarian rations. The loadmaster aboard one C-17 tossed out a single plastic enclosed meal to symbolically represent the millionth meal airdropped. That act occurred on the 61st C-17 humanitarian flight to help feed Afghan refugees during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Nov. 1, 1968 - President Lyndon Johnson halted all bombing of North Vietnam.

Nov. 2, 1962 - After Typhoon Karen, Material Air Transportation service aircrews airlifted 1,180 tons of emergency supplies to Guam and evacuated 650 people through Nov. 16.

Nov. 3, 1995 - The DoD announced the purchase of 80 more C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, giving the U.S. Air Force 120 in its inventory.

Nov. 4, 1983 - As part of the Grenada operation, Military Airlift Command transported 755 Cubans on 20 C-130 missions form Grenada to Cuban authorities in Barbados.

Nov. 5, 1958 - The Air Force and Army signed an interservice agreement that gave the Air Force responsibility for the employment of the Jupiter missile.