NEWS | Sept. 19, 2011

This week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Sept. 18, 1990 - The 436th Military Airlift Wing and 438th MAW moved 107 pallets of tents, cots and blankets as well as 360 passengers to Jordan through Sept. 28. The supplies provided relief to 100,000 foreign workers from Kuwait, who fled to Jordan after Iraq's invasion.

Sept. 19, 1984 - A C-141 flew to Kinshasa, Zaire, in support of an AIDS research project conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Health. It carried three passengers and nine tons of medical supplies and equipment through Sept. 21.

Sept. 20, 1951 - The U.S. Air Force recovered animals from a rocket flight for the first time, when a monkey and 11 mice survived an Aerobee flight to an altitude of 236,000 feet.

Sept. 21, 2005 - The U.S. Air Force's last remaining active-duty C-9 Nightingle left Ramstein AB, Germany for Andrews AFB, Md. The C-9 flew to its final resting place at the Andrews air museum.

Sept. 22, 1947 - A U.S. Air Force C-54 flew 2,400 miles from Stephenville, Newfoundland, to London on the first transatlantic robot-controlled flight.

Sept. 23, 1977 - The Air Force announced that women would be recruited for Titan II combat crew duty.

Sept. 24, 2004 - The first of 13 C-17s for McGuire AFB, N.J., arrived from the Boeing factory in Long Beach, Calif. The Globemaster III was the first C-17 modified with "Block 15" upgrades, including station-keeping equipment that allowed for all-weather formation flying with up to 100 aircraft.