A formation of C-17 Globemaster III aircraft flies over Charleston, S.C., Dec. 20, 2005, demonstrating the strategic airdrop capability of the U.S. Air Force. A total of 17 aircraft from the 437th and 315th Airlift Wings at Charleston Air Force Base are performing the largest-ever formation of C-17s from one base. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
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These images remind me of a great pic the DoD posted in the early days of the Iraq invasion showing a long line of C-17s waiting for their turn to take off. At the time, I showed it to a couple people and said that that pic, as much a pic of our tanks or bombers or soldiers, represented the overwhelming might of the US armed forces. Do not underestimate the importance of logistics to a modern army.
Hell, don’t underestimate the importance of logistics to any army. Ho Chi Minh Trail, anyone? Euphrates ratlines? We might not be able to totally shut down the supply lines that feed the insurgents/terrorists/rejectionists, but we’re working hard to choke them off the best we can. And Raghead Jimmy can’t call division to request an air drop.
UPDATE: Here’s an Air Force Link story on the flight with more pics.