Night Airlift Operations

01/29/2011 – The 24/7 support provided by the Air Force via the lift and tanker fleet has been one of the key elements of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Credit photos and text: 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, November 19th, 2010

  • In the first photo, after off-loading cargo at the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, a C-130 taxis down the runway in preparation for takeoff from an undisclosed air base here, Nov. 19. Night operations play a big role in the mission of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, which serves as the primary airlift hub for coalition forces in Iraq and provides theater airlift services across Southwest Asia.
  • The second photo shows a C-130 Hercules taxiing on the flight line of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.
  • The third photo shows a C-130 loaded with cargo preparing to take off from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed air base.
  • The final photo shows passengers walking down the ramp of a C-17 after arriving on the flight line of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.

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