220th Airlift Wing
Stationed in Benito Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, the 220th Airlift Wing primarily runs the daily cargoes of the Air Force, disgorging tons of supplies and equipment necessary for air operations, and ferrying AFP personnel including authorized civilian passengers.
The Wing's functions revolve around providing airlift for paradrop or airdrop of personnel, equipment and supplies; conducting long range maritime patrol, reconnaissance or searches, air evacuation of sick and wounded AFP personnel and dependents; air transport assistance to civil government agencies; support for socio-economic development; and performing its organic functions. The 220th Airlift Wing supports all these air transport needs through its fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft, Fokker F-27s, and N-22B Nomads. The 220th Airlift Wing as of 1992 consisted of 3 tactical squadrons and 5 support squadrons.
The 220th Airlift Wing was first activated as a provisional unit of the Philippine Air Force on 1 June 1973. Two years later the 220th Airlift Wing was activated as a regular unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The unit was initially equipped with the Fairchild C-123K Provider. GAF N-22B/C Nomad aircraft arrived in 1975. The capabilities of the Wing were further enhanced with the arrival of 3 C-130 Hercules on March 1977. In 1982, the Fokker F-27 were added to the Wing's inventory and the C-123Ks were retired.
In August 2008, one of the 220th Airlift Wing's C-130 crashed into the ocean off Davao City, killing all 9 men aboard. It was a significant beyond the tragic loss of life, as it also reduced the Wing's inventory to only 3 operational planes of the type.
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