NEWS | Jan. 26, 2011

This week in Air Force history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Jan. 23, 1918 - The Allied Expeditionary Force made the first American military balloon ascension.

Jan. 24, 1973 - The Spirit of '76, the VC-137 in which Lyndon Johnson became president in 1963, flew his body from Texas to Wash., D.C. in a final tribute.

Jan. 25, 2000 - Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart dedicated the first Block D upgraded B-1s at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

Jan. 26, 1946 - Col. William Council, flying a P-80, set a new cross-country record of four hours, 13 minutes and 26 seconds.

Jan. 27, 1973 - After an 11-day, B-52 bombing campaign against Hanoi and Haiphong, North Vietnam signed a peace accord.

Jan. 28, 1984 - The first F-16 Fighting Falcon is accepted by the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Jan. 29, 1959 - Tactical Air Command received the first ski-modified C-130A.