C-17 Globemaster III Returns Home After Humanitarian Efforts in Japan

Back in July I had the opportunity to fly in a C-17 Globemaster III military transportation jet.

Getting ready for take off in a C-17

One of the things that we did during the flight from Oahu to the Big Island is that we simulated a “drop of supplies” in an area over Mauna Kea using the terrain there to simulate a place where supplies needed to be received… but there were no places to land a plane.


I was also fortunate enough to be allowed to sit in the cockpit of the plane as we landed in Kona!

It was interesting listening to the pilots as they landed the plane

Well one of the things that the C-17’s are great for… is that they are very large and can carry lot’s of humanitarian goods and tonight a C-17 will be returning after making a humanitarian a mission to the tsunami devastated area of Japan.

Inside the C-17

Being that the airports in the parts of Japan that got hit hardest were also wiped out… it made sense to send in humanitarian help with a C-17.

Some of the other Internatial Cooperation Missions that have been done recently

I received the following media alert this afternoon and unfortunately I can’t make it to Oahu this evening:

A C-17 Globemaster III and aircrew from the 15th Wing’s 535th Airlift Squadron (AS) will return home this evening. The C-17 and aircrew left Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to provide humanitarian relief efforts in support of Operation Tomodachi (Japan)…

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