Capt. Mathew Oliver uses the Precision Air Drop System to calculate the precise airdrop release point Oct. 11 over Afghanistan. The computer gets some of its information from a dropsond, released over the drop zone, that sends information such as altitude and wind speed back to the computer. A total of 62 cargo bundles were dropped from two C-17s in two passes. This was the first time a combat cargo drop of this magnitude has taken place from two C-17s in formation over one drop zone. The planes and crews are part of the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Manas, Kyrgyzstan.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
October 20, 2012
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