C-17 sets record for air-dropped aid
An Air Force C-17 above Afghanistan set a record for “the most cargo air-dropped to [the most] drop zones in the shortest amount of time from a single aircraft in the history of U.S. air-drop operations,” U.S. military officials said Tuesday.
The plane, deployed from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., is now assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The plane’s crew air-dropped 32,400 pounds of aid in about 40 minutes to four locations in Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command officials said.
The supplies included winter survival equipment, tools, school supplies, food and blankets.
The Air Force has dropped about 2.2 million pounds of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan since October 2004, officials said.