DELMARVA - The Delaware Air Guard says they are operating a five ship C-130 aircraft formation airdrop mission today, covering the four states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.
According to reports, the mission is a big operation, and a good challenge to test the air guard's capabilities. It will involve a lot of coordination of the air guard's maintenance, operations, aircrew and supply units. Preparations for the formation reportedly began Friday, with aircraft loaded on the flightline at the New Castle Air National Guard base. The three hour mission takes off from New Castle Air National Guard at 11:00 AM, following following a route towards Lancaster, Pa., then down through central Delaware, across the Chesapeake Bay to Ocean City, MD. and up the coast of Delaware to Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, and across the mouth of the Delaware Bay to the Coyle Field Drop Zone in the Pine Barrens of N.J. for a heavy equipment airdrop. All five aircraft will land at an air base near Atlantic City, N.J., load small bundles and takeoff for a second airdrop at the Coyle Field Drop Zone, then fly across the Delaware River and return home to New Castle at approximately 2:00 PM.