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On Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 10:29:07 PM UTC-8,
Post by Memail@example.com
The C5 - was it able to drop paratroops and did it ever do so ?
The Starlifter was designed to take paratroops.
Did this ever happen ?
In combat ?
Oh, as far as I know there was never a combat drop from C141s.
Somebody correct me if I am wrong (which is always possible the older
I get). I thought that only C130s were used in combat drops in Panama
(again, I could be mistaken here).
We almost used C141s in a combat jump during URGENT FURY. 2d Brigade
of the 82d went into Grenada on 26 October 1983 in C141s - about
halfway down there from Ft Bragg they were told to chute up for a
combat jump onto the airfield at Pt Salines but about 30 minutes out
it was changed to an air land so everybody took off their chutes.
After landing, the C141 lowered its ramp while still moving (unusual)
and the paratroopers (with supporting USAF elements of Det 1, 507
TAIRCW, my unit) 'jumped' off the tailgate (maybe 'hopped' is a better
word - the C141s never even stopped moving). When all the 'hoppers'
were off the aircraft, the C141 turned around and took off over the
heads of a bunch of bemused paratroopers.
Did that meet the requirements to receive Jump Pay?