I was disappointed on the morning of December 12, when he told me that he could not arrange for the pictures as the paradrop
originated from a place where he had no access.
Clearly, US Air Force aircraft would figure prominently in the suppression and destruction of North Korean airfields, from which platforms (most of them AN-2s) carrying SOF troops would deploy, and in support of the South Korean air force's aerial interception of enemy transport aircraft conducting paradrop
missions into the South.
The 21st TCS "max-effort" paradrop
at Sunchon was performed skillfully--an example of expert pilots flying well-maintained aircraft.
Other significant developments in the paradrop
field include the T-11 Advanced Tactical Parachute System (ATPS) manufactured by Para-flite which has been part of Airborne Systems since April 2007.
THE Indian Air Force's heavy lift transport aircraft IL- 76 was used for the first time to paradrop
in the high altitude Nyoma area near Leh creating a new record in military aviation.
Worldwide, operators are seeing the true value of the C-130J which is being used to conduct combat delivery, airdrop, paradrop
, special operations, search and rescue, weather reconnaissance, electronic warfare, air-to-air refueling, rapid ground refueling and medical evacuation missions.
However, it is now possible to paradrop
accurately from high level, by combining steerable parafoils with satellite navigation and/or radio command guidance.
The C-27J's multi-mission flexibility includes airdrop, paradrop
, Medevac, firefighting, special missions and search and rescue.
Block 10 (Nos 49 to 57) features a new form of tailplane construction, dual-row paradrop
capability and crew protective armour.
The Royal Air Force used the C-130J in combat for the first time during operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and also certified the aircraft for 'Parawedge' operations (very low level paratroop delivery) -- The Italian Air Force conducted air drop testing and set a new Italian record for most weight released -- The Royal Australian Air Force successfully completed paradrop
testing -- The first of three C-130J-30s for the Royal Danish Air Force entered flight test -- The first of six HC-130Js was delivered U.
The certification processes focused on tactical performance and included tests for short field operation, paradrop
, unprepared runway operation and tactical landing.
Caption: Here seen in his "office': the loadmaster is as important as the flight crew in military missions since he monitors all weight distribution and operations, including paradrops
, from this station.