Saturday, April 07, 2018

North Carolina Air National Guard buzzes Wright Brothers Memorial

The first pair of the North Carolina Air National Guard’s new C-17 aircraft flew around the Wright Brothers National Memorial “on Saturday as part of a photo opportunity.

The transport planes are the first replacements of the Guard’s current C-130s, and were enroute from Charleston, S.C. to their permanent home at Charlotte Air National Guard Base.

“For the past 40 years, the N.C. Air National Guard has flown the C-130 Hercules Aircraft, utilizing them in our mission to maintain wartime readiness with the ability to mobilize and deploy expeditiously to carry out air support missions and activities in the event of a war or natural disaster,” according to a Guard news release.

“The transition of wing to the C-17 is a cost-effective, total force decision that takes advantage of a superior, multi-platform transportation hub, close to major military installations and seaports

“The new, heavy-lift capability will greatly increase North Carolina’s ability to serve its citizens and those in the surrounding states during disaster-response operations, while also increasing our capabilities abroad,” according to the statement.

Later this week, photographer Ben Douglas will have more shots of the flyover and an interview with Guard personnel.

Original article can be found here ➤

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