Air Force C-17 aircraft transport boom to the Gulf Coast

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | May 12, 2010

ROBERT, La. –Three C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, delivered more than 100 short tons of Navy supply salvage equipment May 11, 2010 to responders battling the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The aircraft, the first of 10 tasked to deliver Navy and BP boom and salvage equipment, carried the equipment from Anchorage, Alaska, to New Orleans Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, La.

The mission is expected to last four days as part of the broader federal response to the oil spill that began with the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform April 22.