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NEWS | Sept. 26, 2011

This week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Sept. 25, 1947 - General Carl Spaatz is appointed the first U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff.

Sept. 26, 1991 - The U.S. Air Force and Military Airlift Command accepted the first C-27A Spartan, a militarized version of the Italian Alenia G222. The C-27As supported the U.S. Southern Command mission.

Sept. 27, 1993 - General James Doolittle, who led the first air raid on Tokyo and commanded the Eighth Air Force during World War II, died at the age of 96.

Sept. 28, 1950 - At Holloman Air Force Base, N.M, eight white mice survived a balloon flight to 97,000 feet.

Sept. 29. 1976 - The first of two groups of 10 women-pilot candidates enter undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Ariz., the first time since World War II that women could train to become pilots of military aircraft.

Sept. 30, 1977 - The first C-141 transatlantic mission without a navigator abroad traveled from Charleston AFB, S.C. to Naval Air Station Rota, Spain. The aircraft used an inertial navigation system.

Oct. 1, 2002 - Chief of Staff for the Air Force Gen. John Jumper ordered the deactivation of the Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile system.