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Royal New Zealand Air Force drop bundles Operation Christmas Drop 2019

Video by Staff Sgt. Emili Koonce Media Center - Japan Royal New Zealand Air Force aircrew drop bundles as a part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 9, 2019. This is the first year that the Royal New Zealand Air Force has joined Operation Christmas Drop. This is also fifth year in a row that allied partners from the Japan Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force have participated.

RAF C-130J Hercules flights for the British Antarctic Survey.

An RAF C-130J Hercules transport aircraft from RAF Brize Norton based 47 Squadron has conducted a series of re-supply flights for the British Antarctic Survey. The supplies were air dropped by parachute.

Over a ten-day period 77 containers, weighing 63.1 tonnes of essential supplies, have been delivered to the BAS forward base at Sky Blu. The supplies included petrol, aviation fuel, rations and aircraft spares.

The RAF detachment is commanded by one of the 47 Sqn pilots who said, “We are pleased to have successfully completed the full quota of supplies requested by BAS during Ex Austral Endurance. The tenacity and flexibility of our teams from 47 Sqn RAF and 47 (Air Despatch) Sqn Royal Logistic Corps made up for an initial delay.