July 26, 2013

Warzone Photos: Inside a Combat Landing in Afghanistan

C-130 crew contends with anti-aircraft weapons, dangerous conditions to link critical air bases


U.S. News |  Paul D. Shinkman | BAGRAM AIRBASE, Afghanistan—The nose of the Air Force C-130 cargo plane dips sharply as it hurtles toward the oncoming runway at one of this country’s largest military bases. It’s an alarming descent for the uninitiated, more used to the easy 3-degree glide path that most commercial jets employ.

But for pilots heading into Bagram, it’s the standard operating procedure. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans live within eight miles of the perimeter here, and Taliban fighters still operate among these towns.

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