The Afghan Express

Arana-Barradas, Louis A.
June 2003
Airman;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p48
This article describes the preparation of U.S. armed force to attack on Iraq. The huge cargo plane had flown nine hours from Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, to reach Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. It landed at 4 a.m. and deposited a dozen soldiers, pallets of supplies and several vehicles. As it sat on the pitch-black taxiway with engines running a ground crew drained 50,000 pounds of fuel from an extra fuel tank on this version of the plane. According to a soldier C-17 Globemaster III airlifter is the backbone of the Afghan Express.


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