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