NEWS | Aug. 30, 2011

This week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Aug. 28, 1988 - Shortages of hospital equipment and medical supplies on the island of San Torre off the west coast of Africa led the U.S. to send a C-141 with 29 tons of supply items.

Aug. 29, 1990 - An Air Force C-5, carrying supplies destined for the Gulf Theater, crashes on take-off from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Thirteen persons are killed and four injured.

Aug. 30, 2005 - Air National Guard personnel made 600 rescues one day after Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, 100 by helicopter and 500 by para-rescue specialists in zodiac boats.

Aug. 31, 1992 - A C-141 flew 70 children suffering from cancer in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident from Minsk, Byelarus, to Brussels, Belgium, for medical treatment.

Sept. 1, 1986 - Tactical Air Command's last Cessna O-2 left Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., for storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Sept. 2, 1966 - During Exercise Bar Frost, the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps units from the U.S. participated in this joint combined exercise with British and Norwegian forces in Norway.

Sept. 3, 1925 - Maj. James Doolittle flew a Granville Gee Bee Monoplane with a Wasp engine at an average speed of 294 mph to set a FAI record for three kilometers at Cleveland, Oh.