NEWS | July 25, 2011

This week in Air Force history – July 30

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

July 24, 1970 - The C-5A Galaxy flew its first flight from the U.S. to Europe, from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., to Dover AFB, Del. to Rhein-Main Air Base, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, and Torrejon AB, Spain.

July 25, 1983 - Military Airlift Command operated 29 C-141 missions to move 397 tons of equipment from the U.S. and Europe to Chad as part of a security assistance program lasting through Sept. 15.

July 26, 1939 - A B-17 Flying Fortress, carrying a 1,123-pound load, set a 204-mph average speed record over a closed triangular course of 1,000 kilometers.

July 27, 1986 - A C-9 Nightingale flew Father Lawrence Jenco, who was released as a hostage by Muslim extremist, to Lebanon, from Damascus to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Medical Center at Rhein-Main AB, Germany.

July 28, 1964 - Cape Kennedy launched the first spacecraft on its flight to the moon. On July 31, the spacecraft took and relayed 4,316 high quality close-up pictures of the lunar surface to earth. It then crashed on the moon near the Sea of Clouds.

July 29, 1970 - Col. Vere Short, a C-141 pilot, attained 25,000 accident-free flying hours, the most military flying time by anyone on active duty.

July 30, 1971 - The last C-133 Cargomaster retired from Travis AFB, Calif., to storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., to end a chapter in military airlift history. The aircraft fell victim to the jet age and the jumbo airlift capability of the C-5A Galaxy. This event ushered in the modern all-jet airlift fleet.