On Jun. 29, 2012, Team Travis conducted a mass launch of 12 cargo planes to test the ability of the local Air Mobility Wing to safely and smoothly launch a large number of aircraft in a matter of a few minutes.
The close interval taxi, widely known as “elephant walk“, included six KC-10A Extenders, three C-17 Globemaster IIIs, and three C-5 Galaxies. Just a few can be seen in the following stunning photo!
Can you image the wake turbulence after the departure of the last aircraft?
Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo / Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker
- Photo: C-5 Galaxy refuels from a KC-135. Boom operator point of view. (theaviationist.com)
- Mass mobility exercise with nearly 70 cargo planes at Nellis Air Force Base (theaviationist.com)
- Photo: C-17 (made barely visible in the darkness by the rotary beacons) is readied for departure in Afghanistan (theaviationist.com)
I can count all 12 tails in the photo – although the last two are best separated by their vertical stabilizers only.