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Yep, you’re seeing more C-17s than usual up there; they’re on a training mission

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on May 12, 2010 at 11:21 am with No Comments »
December 7, 2010 10:13 am

Up, up, up in the sky. It’s a bird, it’s a plane – no, it’s seven C-17s.

If you think you’re seeing more than the usual number of jumbo Air Force planes flying overhead today, you’re right. You’re seeing septuple.

Seven C-17 Globemaster IIIs began taking off from McChord Field at around 10 a.m. for a daylong airdrop training mission for airmen and soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to a news release from the 62nd Airlift Wing.

The huge C-17s are the workhorses of the Air Force, and they’ll get a workout today.

During the training exercise, air crews will drop heavy equipment and airmen and soldiers will parachute from the planes.

The training includes active duty and reserve airmen from the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings, airmen from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron and soldiers from Lewis-McChord.

“C-17 Globemaster III transporters must be able to meet the Army’s goal of airdropping a brigade’s worth of troops and equipment within 30 minutes,” said the news release from Air Force Capt. Ali Kojak.

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