107th Airlift Wing drops training cargo at Fort Drum, NY on Aug. 22, 2012. The 107th flies the C-130 aircraft which can air drop personnel and cargo to remote location. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd)
Tech Sgt. Philip Smith and Senior Airman Joe King, C-130 loadmasters from the 107th Airlift Wing secure the training cargo back on the C-130 aircraft from the earlier cargo drops at Fort Drum, NY. on Aug. 22, 2012 (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd)
Lt. Col. Jeffery Langenfeld C-130 pilot for the 107th Airlift Wing, trains using the night vision goggles. Pilots from the Niagara Reserve Station fly local training mission for future deployments that may require night operations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd)
Lt. Col. John Patterson C-130 pilot for the 107th Airlift Wing, trains using the night vision goggles. Pilots from the Niagara Reserve Station fly local training mission for future deployments that may require night operations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd)
by Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd
107th Airlift Wing
9/4/2012 - Niagara Falls Reserve Station -- The 107th Airlift Wing just completed a week long aircrew training at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station and Fort Drum, N.Y. The training involved cargo loading, air drops, tactical low level flying and night vision training for the pilots.
"This training helps with our future deployments" said Lt. Col. John Patterson, C-130 pilot, 107th Airlift Wing.
The 107th flies the C-130 aircraft which is used to airlift personnel and cargo to any location worldwide. The aircraft can also provide air drops in very remote spots, which require low level tactical flying.
"We scheduled a good week's worth of training for our guardsmen on cargo drops and recovery" said Master Sgt. Timothy Griffin 107th C-130 loadmaster.
When flying over the drop zone the navigator gives the green light for the loadmasters to cut the cargo strip and the training cargo flies out the back door of the C-130 aircraft. Fort Drum was used as the drop zone for this week's training. Aircrew would air drop during the day and recover at night. This involved performing a night tactical landing and with engine running, loadmasters and aerial port personnel, would rapidly load the cargo onto the aircraft.
On the return flight back to Niagara Falls pilots train using their night vision goggles and perform airdrops and tactical landings at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station.
This type of training prepares crews to fly in adverse environments when deployed overseas.
9/6/2012 10:42:31 PM ET Holey COW Man i heard them C-130's flying low during your night missions here in east aurora. it was about 930 or 10pm on 9612 ..scared the bajesus out of me haha. we live here in a trailer court so our walls are pretty thin of course. i loved it though went right outside and was like wow amazing machinery. great job tho guys you guys are the pride of the National Guard. I hope you guys are around forever up at the 107th Niagara Falls base. I've heard of the budget deals with the gov and state recently and you deserve whatever is necessary. hope all is well -Matt