This is what happens when C-17s airlifters release flares during night formation flying

U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III tactical airlifters pyrotechnic show

Filmed near Anchorage as part of Large Package Week, formerly known as Jump Week the video shows U.S. C-17 cargo planes during a night airdrop mission.

Noteworthy, the airplanes released the Globemasters released flares, high-temperature heat sources used to mislead surface-to-air or air-to-air missile’s heat-seeking targeting systems, creating the pyrotechnic visual effect you can see behind each plane.

Such countermeasures are against MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) and IR guided surface-to-air missiles.

C-17s have been involved in night airdrop missions over Iraq.

H/T Matt Fanning for sending the link over

 

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