Hauling Helos

Posted 28 February 2011
Photo by SRA Willard E. LeGrande II

Crews from the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover AFB, Delaware, flying two C-5B Galaxy transports and two C-5M Super Galaxys hauled more than 3,300 tons of cargo from Western Europe to Afghanistan in February. The cargo consisted of 170 US Army CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Black Hawk, and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. During this operation, commercial ships carried equipment and helicopters for the Army’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade from the United States to Western Europe where C-5s then carried the cargo to Afghanistan. At the same time, equipment and helicopters from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade were flown back to Western Europe from Afghanistan and then reloaded on ships to return to the United States.