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  • This Month in AFMS History: The Iranian hostages arrive in Wiesbaden, 38 years ago

    On Jan. 20, 1981, two Air Force C-9 Nightingale aerovac aircraft touched down at Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany, to cheering crowds. Inside were 52 Americans, just released after 444 days of captivity in Iran, an event commonly referred to as the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
  • This Month in AFMS History: Operation Christmas Kidlift

    In mid-December 1950, Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Russell Blaisdell knew the deadly fate his orphans faced. When North Korean troops overran the South Korean capital in June 1950, it was widely reported that the North Korean army indiscriminately killed civilian men, women and children. Now, the Chinese Army approached.
  • This month in AFMS history: The birth of flight medicine

    In 1917 Lt. Col. (Dr.) Theodore C. Lyster was appointed the first chief surgeon of the aviation service of the U.S. Army, and flight medicine was born. Through his work, Lyster brought awareness to the unique physiological issues affecting pilots. Considering the high pilot death rate of the time, Lyster recommended that a research board be set up
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