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Tuesday 26 November - 17:08h | News & Press updates
The EATC conducts up to 160 transport aircraft in total - and launches 60 - 80 missions per day. Find some interesting stories taken out of just 7 days of EATC daily business...
The first EATC assigned relief mission is back
Dutch KDC-10 back from relief mission
The second KDC-10 to supply Phillippine civilians within the disaster region is back in the Netherlands - having delivered 27 tons of health material (health kits, sheets, vaccinations, hospital supplies, etc.).
After unloading the aircraft, the strategic transporter flew back via the Chinese town of Tianjin (near Bejing) and landed safely at Eindhoven Air Base in the late Sunday afternoon. In below picture (shot at Cebu island) the Philippine ground crew is right about to unload the aircraft.
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French Airbus A340 prepares to supply Operation Serval and MINUSMA (former AFISMA)
The probably biggest EATC assigned aircraft is on the taxiway to leave from home based Creil to Paris. The Airbus A 340 is about to pick up 210 soldiers at this weekend (planning status as of today): with additional 14 tons of - French and Belgian - cargo onboard the aircraft will then head towards Western Africa.
After a fuel check the aircraft is supposed
to turn back to his home base - with (planing status as of today) more than 140 soldiers and at least 12 tons of cargo on board.
In general EATC assigned missions to and from the African area of operations have become standard for the EATC. By last week EATC flew more than 200 missions to and from different national bases towards the African hubs Dakar, Bamako, Abidjan and N"Djamena to assit Operation Serval and the EU Mission MINUSMA (former AFISMA).
Words: Norbert Thomas
Pictures: Belgian Air Force (main and first chapter), SIRPA Air, Luftwaffe.de, Dutch Air Force MoD media, Pascal Ballinger, Graph: EATC
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