Interesting photos show a C-17 cargo plane landing on an icy runway

The Globemaster at work in Alaska.

Taken on Nov. 3, 2015 the following photos show a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster landing on the icy tarmac at Deadhorse, Alaska, after having successfully deployed part of a Stryker platoon assigned to U.S. Army Alaska’s Bravo Company, 3-21 Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.


Operation Arctic Pegasus is U.S. Army Alaska’s annual joint exercise designed to test rapid-deployment and readiness in the Arctic.

Strykers above the Arctic Circle

Despite being a very large aircraft, thanks to its Short Take Off and Landing capabilities the C-17 is the airlifter of choice when it comes to transport soldiers with all their gears, weapons and vehichles on austere landing strips.

Strykers above the Arctic Circle

Image credit: Capt. Richard Packer and Sgt. 1st Class Joel Gibson / U.S. Army


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