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NEWS | Sept. 12, 2011

This week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Sept. 11, 2005 - During the four years since the 2001 attack, Air Mobility Command flew 53,530 missions. By mid-September 2005, AMC's aircraft and contracted commercial aircraft had moved 3,055,336 troops and 1,487,884 short tons of cargo. In late 2005, the support to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom surpassed the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War airlift effort to become history's second largest airlift, following the 1948-1949 Berlin Airlift.

Sept. 12, 1988 - C-5s, C-141s and C-130s flew to Kingston, Jamaica, after Hurricane Gilbert devastated the island. Military Airlift Command flew more C-5 missions in October to provide humanitarian relief.

Sept. 13, 1992 - During Operation Impressive Lift, AMC aircraft moved U.N. troops from Pakistan to Somalia to begin a peacekeeping mission through Sept. 29. In the 94 flights, the aircraft carried 974 passengers and 1,168 tons of equipment and supplies. The troops tried to distribute food fairly for Operation Provide Relief.

Sept. 14, 1995 - Airlifters moved more than 30 tons of medical supplies from Charleston Air Force Base to Hanoi, Vietnam through Sept. 30, in the first humanitarian airlift to that country since the war ended in 1975.

Sept. 15, 1991 - A C-17A made its first flight from Long Beach, Calif., to Edwards AFB, Calif.

Sept. 16, 1958 - North American's T-39 Sabreliner made its first flight.

Sept. 17, 1976 - The first Space Shuttle, the Enterprise, rolled out of Palmdale, Calif.