SALIS’ Sibling: NATO’s C-17 Pool Inaugurates In-House Heavy Lift


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SAC passes 12,000 flight hours; New infrastructure at Papa AB.

Jan 29/14: Infrastructure. The SAC Heavy Airlift Wing inaugurates an 1,800 m2 Interim Cargo Facility at Papa AB, Hungary. Really, it’s just a tent with aluminum support structure and heating and ventilation, fencing, a vehicle maneuvering area, and roads connecting the facility to the taxiways of the base. Despite these limits, a covered and semi climate controlled facility is a notable step forward for the base, which needs that sort of capability to route and shift incoming supplies.

The HUF 282 million ($about 1.3 million) project was designed by local firm UVATERV Zrt., and carried out by STRABAG Zrt. Source:, “Strategic Airlift Capability Interim Cargo Facility Inaugurated for Use at Pápa Air Base, Hungary”.

Nov 13/13: SAC’s 3 Boeing C-17As break the 12,000 flight hour mark during a combined Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian combined mission.

Since its launch in July 2009 the Heavy Airlift Wing has carried out over 840 missions delivering over 36,220 tons (79.9 million pounds) of cargo and carrying over 47,000 passengers. 2013 alone is expected to reach 3,165 annual flying hours. Sources:, “Strategic Airlift Capability Heavy Airlift Wing C-17 Fleet Reaches 12.000 Flying Hours”.

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