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NEWS | March 9, 2011

This week in Air Force history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

March 6, 1972 - American aircraft and warships began heavy, sustained attacks on North Vietnam, the first time since the October 1968 cessation of bombing.

March 7, 1942 - The first class of Tuskegee Airmen graduated from U.S. Army Air Force Tuskegee Army Air Field, Ala.

March 8, 1965 - Strategic Air Command phased out its first B-52 from the 22nd Bombardment Missile Wing at March Air Force Base, Calif. The bomber went to Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., for use in training.

March 9, 1977 - The 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., received the first A-10 for hands-on-training.

March 10, 1959 - A Snark missile flew a several-thousand-mile round trip after launching from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

March 11, 1964 - The 500th Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile rolled off the assembly line at Air Force Plant No. 77 at Ogden, Utah.

March 12, 1915 - 1st Lt. Byron Q. Jones, Cpls. Carl Hale and Robert Houser flew a Burgess-Renault to a three-man duration record of seven hours and five minutes.