Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Alaska C-17 Lost

An Alaska based C-17A crashed this past Wednesday afternoon (Jun 28), shortly after takeoff from its home at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. Some reports I've seen have it on a normal training mission, others have said it was up starting practice for an upcoming airshow demonstration. The 4 crewmembers died in the crash.

C-17A 00-0173 was assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron, 3rd Wing. It was shared by the 249th Airlift Squadron of the Alaska Air National Guard. The crew was a mixture of the two units.

Even with a fairly new, state of the art aircraft, military flying is dangerous - even the normal traiing flights.

Below, 00-0173 seen in happier times, while assigned to the 62AMW out of McChord AFB. Seen taking off after a stopover at Rhein-Mein AB (Frankfurt) in 2003.

Top Photo credit: USAF

Bottom Photo credit: yours truly

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