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NEWS | May 23, 2011

This week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

May 22, 1967 - Two F-111As showed their long-range capabilities by flying from the U.S. to Europe without refueling or external tanks.

May 23, 1948 - At Aberdeen, Md., the Army announced the dedication of the first continuous wind tunnel capable of 3,000 mph winds.

May 24, 1994 - The C-17 Globemaster flew across the Atlantic for the first time.

May 25, 1984 - A Military Airlift Command C-141 Starlifter transported the body of the Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War for interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

May 26, 1961 - A B-58 Hustler supersonic bomber from the 43rd Bombardment Wing set a record flying from New York to Paris in three hours, 19 minutes, 41 seconds at an average speed of 1,302 mph.

May 27, 1959 - The 702nd Strategic Missile Wing at Presque Isle Air Force Base, Maine, received Strategic Air Command's first Snark missile.

May 28, 1995 - To commensurate the World War II Hump Airlift, a C-17 Globemaster III and KC-10 Extender flew over the Himalayan Mountains from Calcutta, India to Kunning, China.