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Westover C-5s airlift more Chinooks for earthquake relief

by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Biscoe
439th Airlift Wing

10/20/2005 - WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFPN) -- A third C-5 Galaxy aircrew from the 439th Airlift Wing here left Oct. 18 to deliver more help to earthquake-ravaged Pakistan.

The giant cargo plane picked up two Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters at Fort Sill, Okla., and delivered them to Pakistan, after a stop in Spain. It was the 13th humanitarian mission flown by Westover’s crews since late August.

“This is something I wanted to do,” said Senior Airman Stephen E. Pinkerton, who flew on the mission, his first to provide relief. “I chose to get on this mission versus just a regular channel mission. It’s just something different.”

This was the second such mission for the Reserve wing. The first mission left Oct. 14 for Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where a C-5 picked up two CH-47s and flew them to Spain and then Pakistan.

Westover crews flew 10 missions in late August and September. Nine of those were for the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina. One was for the victims of Hurricane Rita. The C-5s hauled a total of 396 tons of cargo.

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