NEWS | July 6, 2011

This Week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

July 3, 1970 - Military Airlift Command's first C-5A Galaxy, assigned to the 437th Military Airlift Wing, left Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., on its first mission outside the continental United States. The Galaxy made a 10-day tour of Pacific Air Forces bases to provide a first-hand explanation of its unique capabilities to MAC officers and Airmen. The C-5A stopped at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, Andersen AB, Guam, Clark AB, Philippines, Cam Ranh Bay, Kadena and Yokota ABs in Japan, and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, before returning to Charleston July 13. In the states, the C-5 also visited Dover and Travis AFBs, on its 21,500-nautical-mile-tour.

July 4, 1974 - The 555th or "Triple Nickel" Tactical Fighter Training Squadron was reassigned to Luke AFB, Ariz., and named as the Air Force's first F-15A squadron.

July 5, 1952 - Paratrooper Neal Stewart from Birmingham, Ala., set a world record of 124 parachute jumps in one day set at Grand Prairie, Texas.

July 6, 1961 - An Atlas E launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., set a U.S. record by flying 9,050 miles and dropping a 1.5-ton payload on target, 1,000 miles southeast of Capetown, South Africa.

July 7, 1991 - The 436th Military Airlift Wing delivered 70 tons of food and relief supplies to N'Djamena, Chad, to help overcome a drought-induced food shortage.

July 8, 1943 - Col. M.G. Grow, 8th Air Force surgeon, received the Legion of Merit for developing the flak vest.

July 9, 1959 - The last C-45 aircraft were phased out of Tactical Air Command.