JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A group of 11 C-17 transports are flying from Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina for an exercise with the Army's 82nd Airborne in North Carolina.
The aircraft are departing Charleston Thursday and are set to meet up with four other C-17s at Pope Field in North Carolina.
Air Force Col. John Lamontagne says his 437th Airlift Wing is working with members of the 628th Air Base Wing and reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing. They are going to airdrop some 1,400 Army paratroopers and their equipment.
He says the exercise helps them prepare for combat missions while loading, launching and landing aircraft. The commander says if the weather permits, the C-17s will fly in formation over the Ravenel Bridge upon their return.