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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Today in Air Force History

March 21, 1911

Lt. Frank P. Lahm flew a Wright B airplane, Signal Corps No. 7, at Fort William McKinley, Philippines and completed the first flight of an American airplane overseas.

March 21, 1939

Col. Hugo E. Pitz, Lt. Col. Joseph T. McNarney, Maj. Karl S. Axtator and Maj. George C. Kenney selected sites for permanent air base and auxiliary landing fields in Puerto Rico.

March 21, 1946

The Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command and the Air Defense Command are created.

March 21, 1962

A black bear named "Yogi" became the first living creature ejected from a supersonic aircraft when the U.S. Air Force tested the B-58's escape capsule. Ejected at 35,000 feet from a B-58 flying at 870 mph, the bear landed unharmed seven minutes 49 seconds later.

March 21, 1973

Two Libyan Mirage aircraft intercepted and fired upon an unarmed C-130 Hercules from Rhein-Main AB, Germany. The C-130, reportedly on a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean, successfully evaded its attackers and recovered safely at Athenai Aiport, Greece.

March 21, 1975

Following the crash of a C-141 into Mt. Constance in the Olympic Mountains near Seattle, Wash., air rescue and recovery service personnel assisted in the recovery of 10 crewmen and six passengers and equipment from the wreckage through June.

March 21, 1989

NASA ended the Mission Adaptive Wing test program and retired the special F-111 to the Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB, Calif. In its 144.9 test hours and 59 sorties, the F-111 showed a 25 percent increase in range, an 18 percent increase in G-loading and a 71 percent increase in its ability to pull up and clear an obstacle.

March 21, 1997

Lt. Col. Marcelyn A. Atwood became the first woman to command a flying training squadron and the first U.S. Air Force officer to command a Navy squadron at Pensacola, Fla. Her unit trained Air Force and Navy pilots.

--Air Force

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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