NEWS | Aug. 16, 2011

AIr Force History - Aug. 19

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Aug. 14, 1978 - As part of a flood relief operation, a C-141 Starlifter delivered 26 tons of supplies to Khartoum, Sudan.

Aug. 15, 1983 - Military Airlift Command flew 12 C-141 missions loaded with 185 tons of cargo to the Republic of Chad under a security assistance program

Aug. 16, 1972 - The Air Force and Navy signed an agreement for joint participation in the F-15 engine program at the Pratt & Whitney plant in East Hartford, Conn.

Aug. 17, 1996 - Due to increased terrorism in the Persian Gulf, Air Mobility Command contracted a Boeing 747 to return 300 Department of Defense family members from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to the U.S. Aug. 18.

Aug. 18, 1978 - At McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Airman 1st Class Tina Ponzer, 381st Strategic Missile Wing, became SAC's first enlisted female to perform Titan II alert duty.

Aug. 19, 1942 - 2nd Lt. Sam Junkin became the first active-duty American pilot to shoot down a German fighter over Europe while giving air support to a commando raid on Dieppe, France.

Aug. 20, 1995 - After the Aug. 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. launched more than 75 Tomahawk land-attack missiles from ships and submarines against terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan.