Air Force reservists from San Antonio's 433rd Airlift Wing left the city early Saturday. Their first stop was Colorado Springs, where they loaded two fuel tankers, a mobile command vehicle and large pallets of containers with supplies on a C-5M Galaxy aircraft.
Sunrise Sunday found this San Antonio crew of Citizen Airmen ready to lift off with 161,000 pounds of life-saving supplies. The team landed in storm-battered Puerto Rico, where the landscape is a uniform muddy brown mess, with virtually all the vegetation stripped from the trees.
Almost 2,400 dedicated souls are with the Air Force Reserve Command at Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland. They left their regular jobs and families behind to serve America.
Like a giant shopping cart, the C-5M Galaxy is about as long as a football field, able to airlift 285- thousand pounds of life-saving supplies at a time. It is the biggest aircraft the Air Force flies! It is a workhorse, but it is also an art and science to load everything just right.
In previous trips, the 433rd has already dropped off 500 tons of aid in hurricane zones.
Come with KENS 5 on a mission for hurricane relief.
Eyewitness News Reporter Sue Calberg and Photographer Louis Ramirez are joining the 433rd on the C-5M Galaxy aircraft to get supplies to Hurricane Maria-stricken Puerto Rico. Their first stop was in Colorado Springs for supplies, then Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Live updates from the trip:
Tuesday, October 3
Monday, October 2
Sunday, October 1
Saturday, September 30
Photos from U.S Air Force mission to Puerto Rico
PHOTOS: U.S. Air Force mission to Puerto Rico
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