133rd Airlift Wing [133rd AW]
The 133rd Airlift Wing (AW) located at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, is an air transport organization flying C130 aircraft. Its normal flying operations include air-drop training and transport missions.
The four engine C130 turboprop aircraft can land on short runways or airdrop personnel and equipment into areas lacking an airfield. These capabilities are well suited for disaster relief missions.
The 133rd AW's mission is to provide combatready air crews, support personnel, and aircraft for the airlift of passengers and cargo anywhere in the world. Upon direction of the Governor, the unit can furnish personnel and equipment, including aircraft, to assist in natural disaster relief or to safeguard life and property in Minnesota.
The 133rd Air Transport Wing, was called into federal active service for 11 months while operating out of their home station at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, as a result of the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
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