Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Cargo planes supporting troops using Wright-Pat



The Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been selected as the staging hub for C-141 cargo planes carrying supplies and troops overseas to support the war effort, officials said Monday.

Wright-Patterson is one of three U.S. home bases for the C-141, a plane capable of carrying 47 tons of cargo and up to 208 troops.

C-141s from the other two bases - Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and March Air Force Base in California - will now begin operating out of Wright-Patterson.

"We have the largest facility, the most ramp space and the personnel to handle any additional increases," said Rob Sperling, spokesman for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson.

"This just provides a central location for all of the airplanes to base out of."

About 20 C-141s and crews - some from each of the three bases - will be flying out of Wright-Patterson.




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