Airmen of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force are flying their C-1 transports loaded with supplies destined for US bases in Japan and Guam. The C-1 flights enable the US Air Force to divert its airlifters to support operations in the war on terror.
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.