Mon, Aug 17, 2009
Company Transports Supplies Under Government Contract To
National Airlines weekly DC8 freighter service will add a
second stop in Afghanistan, according to its parent company
National Air Cargo. The flights transport equipment and supplies
for that country's redevelopment efforts.
The Ypsilanti, MI based company began flying cargo into Bagram
Air Base in April. The second flight will deliver goods to Kandahar
Air Base. The flights originate from Willow Run Airport in
Ypsilanti every Friday
National Air Cargo is a freight forwarder which operates
three DC8 freighters made in the 1960s. The company belongs to the
Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), and flies military cargo under
contract to U.S. Transportation Command as part of the UPS team.
CRAF participants provide airlift surge capacity during times of
military crisis in exchange for receiving certain levels
of contracts during peacetime.
The Afghanistan flights, however, are chartered by civilian
contractors working for the U.S. military and other government
agencies, according to Glen Gates, director of the company’s
global charter management group.
DC8 File Photo
Each flight contains about 40 tons of supplies, including
electrical generators; pumps, hoses and command stations for water
purification systems; and medical supplies, to help with the
construction of hospitals, power plants, water treatment
facilities, libraries and other facilities in and around both air
bases, Gates said.
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