NEWS | Oct. 11, 2011

This week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Oct. 9, 1912 - Lt. Henry Arnold, the only contestant, won the first Mackay Trophy competition. Lt Thomas De Witt Milling withdrew because of illness shortly after the competition started.

Oct. 10, 1963 - The seven original Mercury astronauts received the Collier Trophy for their flights to orbit the earth.

Oct. 11, 1984 - Military Airlift Command flew U.S. Secret Service vehicles to Puerto Rico to protect Pope John Paul II during his visit to San Juan.

Oct. 12, 1977 - The U.S. Air Force's first class of five women navigators graduated. Three of the five women were assigned to Military Airlift Command aircrews.

Oct. 13, 1970 - Training started for 203 Airmen to serve as air marshals on U.S. commercial aircraft.

Oct. 14, 1994 - Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs flew equipment and supplies from Langley Air Force Base, Va. to Saudi Arabia in the aircraft's first operational mission lasting through Oct. 16. The first C-17 airlifted a "rolling command post," five vehicles and assorted supplies of the U.S. Army's 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Va. En-route to the Persian Gulf, the C-17 received fuel from KC-135s twice. A second C-17 mission to the Gulf region left Charleston AFB, S.C. Oct.15, after on-loading cargo at Langley AFB, Va. This C-17 also received two refuelings on a 14.7 hour nonstop flight. After a four-hour layover, the C-17 returned to Charleston Oct. 16. Two aerial refuelings allowed the C-17 to make a 17.2 hour flight, the largest mission to date.

Oct. 15, 1964 - General Dynamics unveiled its TFX fighter at Fort Worth, Texas. The U.S. Air Force version became the F-111A.