Mass Launch

Travis Air Force Base Airmen conduct a mass launch of 12 mobility aircraft June 29, 2012, practicing the combat capability of safely and swiftly launching a large number of aircraft in a matter of minutes. The launch of six KC-10A Extenders, three C-17 Globemaster IIIs, and three C-5 Galaxies from this California base provided essential training across the spectrum of mobility capabilities, including flight operations, operations support, aircraft maintenance, fuels and air traffic control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker)

Travis Air Force Base Airmen conduct a mass launch of 12 mobility aircraft June 29, 2012, practicing the combat capability of safely and swiftly launching a large number of aircraft in a matter of minutes. The launch of six KC-10A Extenders, three C-17 Globemaster IIIs, and three C-5 Galaxies from this California base provided essential training across the spectrum of mobility capabilities, including flight operations, operations support, aircraft maintenance, fuels and air traffic control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker)

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  • 11 Bravo says:

    That’s impressive. There has to be at least 6 KC-10s and 6 C-17s in that photo. That represents only about 10 percent of the KC-10 fleet and less than 3 percent of the C-17 fleet. As a comparison the UK has a grand total of 8 C-17s and 9 Tristar tankers. There is more strategic airlift and tanking capability in this photo than in almost any other nation’s entire air force. Maybe only the Russians and Chinese have more than what is represented in this photo.

  • jaymaster says:

    Totally awesome pic!

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