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NEWS | April 25, 2011

This week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

April 24, 1943 - The first class of women pilots graduated from U.S. Army Air Force flight training.

April 25, 1956 - The X-2 completed its first supersonic flight.

April 26, 1971 - Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. received its 16th C-5A aircraft to complete the first operational C-5A squadron.

April 27, 1991 - A C-141 delivered 15 tons of blankets for Kurdish refugees in the first airlift mission into Iran since 1979.

April 28, 1963 - The first successful Titan II launch from an underground silo occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

April 29, 1918 - Lt. Edward Rickenbacker downed his first enemy aircraft.

April 30, 1967 - The Air-Launched, Air-Recoverable rocket completed its first operational test. It was designed to detect and identify nuclear tests in the atmosphere.