On October 24th, 20-218 a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III which belonged to the 437th airlift wing stationed at Joint Base Charleston, accidentally dropped a Humvee it was transporting in the Harnett County, North Carolina.
Fortunately, no one was injured in this accident. The Humvee was released early because of the malfunction of the pallet over which the Humvee was placed. The aircraft C-17 is able to transport and drop cargo from its rear ramp. The Humvee was dropped during the special training exercise being carried out at the Fort Bragg drop zone. The aircraft in the exercise was able to miss the drop zone by 1 mile and the Humvee was dropped from a low altitude of about 15000 feet.
The C-17 in question was part of the heavy drop rest being conducted by the air force. The test was conducted by the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate. The directorate conducts the test for new equipment and procedures to support the aerial delivery and transport of the heavy military equipment. In this training exercise, aircraft was only carrying two items; a Humvee which was dropped prematurely and a new heavy drop platform.
Tom McCollum; Fort Bragg spokesperson said to media that everything was going according to the plan except the release of Humvee early.
Below we are presenting to you a video of a Humvee airdrop as to what it looks like when it’s dropped from the ramp of C-17 Globemaster III.