SAC aircrews perform successful airdrop mission of paratrooper and material

26 November 2014

A training mission carried out by the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) successfully airdropped both personnel and material.The mission consisted of airdrops of cargo and paratroopers of the United States Army and was performed on 20 Nov by HAW aircrew over the Gyulafirátót training range near the town of Veszprém, Hungary.

The goal of the latest airdrop mission was to train Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) air crews and ground support personnel in parachute-assisted delivery of material and personnel to allow the aircrews to maintain their currency to execute real-world airdrop missions when asked by a SAC member nation.

The training mission was supported by the Logistics Support Squadron (LSS), assisted by Procurement, Logistics and Mission Execution Support personnel from the NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme.

The United States Army paratroopers of the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) prepared Container Delivery System (CDS) pallets for the material airdrop and performed static-line airdrops from the aircraft. The flight, which originated in Aviano Air Base, Italy, included 53 paratroopers along with two CDS.

Mr Bart Hummel, NAM Head Logistics and Execution Support, expressed his satisfaction at the good coordination which resulted in safely executed training mission. “The flexibility and the creativity shown by our personnel was exceptional”, stated Mr Hummel.

The 53 paratroopers of the 173rd airborne landing to the Gyulafirátót training range after a static line jump from a SAC C-17 aircraft. Photo: US Army / 173rd Airborne