This week in Holloman history
By Historian, 49th Fighter Wing
/ Published September 28, 2006
HOLLOMAN AFB, NM --
This week in Holloman history: Sept. 23, 1968 - Following the arrival of the 49th, another housing crisis arose in Alamogordo. Relieving some of the housing problems, the base leased 95 units at Alamo Courts for temporary housing of incoming personnel. Additionally, the base renovated the old hospital for single airman dormitory housing.
Sept. 25, 1957 - In a highly publicized event, the TM-76A Martin Mace missile (formerly known as Matador) flew 600 miles from Holloman Air Force Base to Wendover Air Force Base, Utah. The Mace reached operational status in the Air Force in February 1959.
Sept. 26, 1994 - The 49th Medical Group reorganized under the object wing concept, activating the 49th Medical Operations Squadron, 49th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 49th Dental Squadron, and 49th Medical Support Squadron
Sept. 27, 1960 - Wearing cotton gloves, members of Holloman's balloon branch launched a polyethylene balloon with a thickness of .005 millimeter, half the thickness of a human hair
Sept. 29, 1950 - Capt Richard V. Wheeler set a new record, parachuting from 42,449 feet over Holloman Air Force Base
Sept. 30, 1952 - First Rascal missile launched at Holloman. Designed to reach locations too dangerous for bombers, the Rascal was controlled by upper and lower rudders, elevators, ailerons, and upper and lower fins. Additionally, the Rascal could carry three different types of warheads. The missile was tested at Holloman until 31 October 1957, when it moved on to the employment and production phase