A week in history Aug. 27 – Sept. 2

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Aug. 27, 1990

Fairchild Air Force Base held a ceremony to celebrate the arrival of its first Boeing KC-135R model, nicknamed the “Lilac Princess.”

Aug. 28, 1942

The 92nd Bombardment Group arrived at Bovingdon Airdrome, the second complete group to arrive in the United Kingdom. This was the first group to fly non-stop from Newfoundland to Scotland and the first notable acts by the 92nd BG occurred on their trans-Atlantic flight.

Originally, a normal trip to England required a refueling stop in Greenland. Lt. Col. James Sutton, 92nd BG commander, encouraged his squadrons to try a non-stop flight from Newfoundland to Scotland, "the first successful distance flight of its kind in the war."

The 326th Bomb Squadron was first, followed by the 325th, 327th and 407th Bomb Squadrons. Many detailed plans were formulated including contingencies for mechanical or personnel problems. Out of a force of 32 aircraft, only two had to land in Greenland due to problems. The final squadron arrived on Aug. 28, 1942, making the 92nd BG the second complete group to arrive in the British Isles.

Aug. 27 – Sept. 4, 1929

The U.S. Army Air Corps and Boeing, collaborated in the first air-to-air refueling experiment during the transcontinental flight of the Boeing Hornet Shuttle. The Hornet Shuttle was a model 95 mail plane that at the time flew the longest mail route in the world, between Oakland, California to New York City. For the air refueling planes, Boeing provided two modified model 40s and the Air Corps provided two Douglas C-1 transports.