SAC Programme reaches 9,000 flight hours

17 December 2012

SAC Programme reaches 9,000 flight hours

9,000 flight hours in a little more than three years – the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) Programme’s operating unit, the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW), reached this important milestone on Friday 7 December, on a mission carrying Polish cargo en route from the Wing home base Pápa, Hungary to Bagram, Afghanistan.

The HAW, established by a SAC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the twelve participating nations and supported by NSPA’s NATO Airlift Management Programme (NAMP), was activated on 27 July 2009; it reached "Initial Operational Capability" (IOC) on 25 May 2010 and achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) in November 2012.

The Wing and the Programme are looking forward to reaching 10,000 flight hours in the spring of 2013.

Since the HAW was established, its C-17s have flown over 600 missions, delivered over 55 million pounds (over 25.000 tons) of cargo and carried over 33.000 passengers.