Dayton Daily News reporter Barrie Barber, NewsCenter 7 anchor Cheryl McHenry and NewsCenter 7 videographer Bob Garlock went on a 12,000-mile journey with a crew from the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from Dec. 31-Jan. 4.
The journey took them from Dayton, to Maryland, Germany and Afghanistan. On the way back to the U.S., they traveled with injured American troops coming home for treatment.
Views from the takeoff of the C-17 at the start of a long journey.
What happens on the trip? Cheryl McHenry descrbes.
The crew at work.
The four-engine jet has flown Air Force missions around the world transporting troops, wounded warriors and cargo since the mid 1990s. The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has nine of the planes which replaced the aging C-5 Galaxy beginning in 2011.
On a mission to Afghanistan last week, the airmen flew an "extended range" version of the C-17 with extra fuel for the more than 12,000-mile round trip journey from Ohio.