C-17 based at Wright-Patterson to deliver aid to storm victims

A seven-member crew expected to depart Thursday evening from the Miami Valley to March Air Reserve Base near Riverside, Calif. Once the giant Boeing aircraft was loaded, the crew was due to fly supplies to Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., said Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris, a 445th Airlift Wing spokeswoman.

The crew is set to return to Wright-Patterson on Friday, she said.

The 445th Airlift Wing has nine C-17 jets stationed at the base.

The Air Force reported at least 13 aircraft from active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard ranks will haul 600 tons of cargo out of California to the East Coast relief effort.

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