NEWS | June 27, 2011

This Week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

June 26, 1957 - Tactical Air Command's first WB-66 weather reconnaissance aircraft arrived for duty with the 9th Reconnaissance Squadron, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

June 27, 1996 - The remains of 19 Airmen killed in the June 25 terrorist attack on the Khobar Towers housing area in Saudi Arabia were flown to Dover AFB, Del.

June 28, 1976 - The U.S. Air Force Academy became the first of the big three service academies to admit women cadets when it admitted Joan Olsen.

June 29, 1962 - In an offensive operation against the Viet Cong about 20 miles northwest of Saigon, South Vietnam, 16 "Mule Train" C-123s and 10 Vietnamese Air Force C-47s dropped more than 1,000 Vietnamese paratroopers.

June 30, 1968 - The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, the U.S. Air Force's newest and largest aircraft, made its first flight.

July 1, 1982 - Tactical Air Command formally accepted the F-16 At Shaw AFB, S.C.

July 2, 1955 - The biggest troop airlift in history to date began at Donaldson AFB, S.C., when 3,900 paratroopers moved from the U. S. to Japan and 3,100 from Japan to the U. S.