Video: This is how fuel supplies are air-dropped by C-17s in Afghanistan. And sometimes get wasted.

The following video shows how fuel (and many other things) are usually delivered to ground recovery teams in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Notice what happens at 0:42 s: it looks like something is falling faster than the rest of the supply; a couple of pallets stacked with fuel barrels with a failed parachute.

Since those pallets that slam into the ground are either lost or damaged, with current fuel prices, that’s a not only a tactical concern (as ground troops don’t get the expected amout of supplies) as well as a significant waste of money.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.