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NEWS | March 30, 2011

This week in Air Force history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

March 27, 1916 - 1st Aero Squadron aircraft started carrying mail and dispatches for the Mexican Punitive Expedition.

March 28, 1973 - The last Pacific Air Force aircraft left South Vietnam.

March 29, 1923 - Lt. Russell Maughan set a world speed record of 236.587 mph in a Curtiss R-6.

March 30, 1963 - Strategic Air Command accepted its first Titan II launch facility, site 570-2 at the 570th Strategic Missile Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

March 31, 1968 - President Lyndon Johnson halted bombing missions north of the 20th parallel in North Vietnam and proposed peace talks.

April 1, 1954 - President Eisenhower signed into law a bill creating the U.S. Air Force Academy.

April 2, 1976 - The last C-118A LIftmaster in the active inventory went to Davis Monthan AFB, for storage.