One of the keys to mission success in the Air Force is readiness. Unfortunately, equipment or machinery don’t always make that easy. When an aircraft breaks down or malfunctions at a base or area that isn’t equipped to fix the problem, what can be done?
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The ground rumbles as a C-17 Globemaster III taxis to the runway, sending vibrations up the soles of the feet of those on the flightline. The roar of the 280,000 pound, four-engine aircraft reverberates throughout the base before it takes off. Defying gravity, it lifts into the air and slowly disappears into the horizon.