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NEWS | Oct. 18, 2011

This week in Air Force history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Oct. 16, 1972 - The U.S. Air Force flew its A-7D Corsair II in combat for the first time. A-7s assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing deployed from Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., to Korat AB, Thailand, six days earlier.

Oct. 17, 1989 - Military Airlift Command aircraft delivered more than 250 tons of relief equipment and 100 passengers to the San Francisco Bay area after a 7.1 earthquake through Oct. 24.

Oct. 18, 1984 - the first B-1B flight was completed at Palmdale, Calif.

Oct. 19, 1964 - Military Air Transport Service received its first C-141A Starlifter, when Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Marietta, Ga., delivered tail number 38078 to the 1707th Air Transport Wing at Tinker AFB, Okla.

Oct. 20, - General Dynamics conducted its rollout ceremony for the F-16A at its plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

Oct. 21, 1981 - Sheppard AFB, Texas, started training pilots from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Turkey and the United Kingdom under the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training program.

Oct. 22, 1957 - The first casualties from Vietnam, eight U.S. servicemen injured in an explosion in Saigon, were evacuated to Clark AB, Philippines, for treatment at the 6208th U.S. Air Force Hospital.