C-17 Air Drop Mission


U.S. Air Force crew from the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron preparing a C-17 Globemaster III for an air drop mission

Credit: U.S. Air Forces Central Public Affairs, September 20th, 2010

10/04/2010 – US Air Force transport aircraft dropped 3,800 container delivery system supply bundles in August to troops at remote forward operating bases in Southwest Asia, establishing yet another airdrop record. The August airdrops topped July’s mark of 3,600 bundles delivered, the previous record. Mobility airmen averaged more than 99 tons delivered per day in August, which equates to about six million pounds of food, water, equipment, and supplies for the month. “These airdrops are critical to sustaining ground forces at austere locations where other means of re-supply aren’t feasible,” said Col. David Almand, director of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center’s air mobility division, which coordinates, tasks, and executes in-theater air mobility missions.

Source: Air Force Association Daily Report