C-17 from Joint Base Charleston on Iraq mission

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An Air Force has confirmed that one of the three cargo planes that flew a humanitarian mission in Iraq was based at Joint Base Charleston.

      Area media outlets report that the C-17 was one of three planes that dropped 5,300 gallons of water and 8,000 meals to refugees in northern Iraq on Thursday.

      The plane is one of more than 50 C-17s that are based in Charleston.

      The Air Force says the plane took off from an undisclosed forward base and was over the drop area for about 15 minutes.

      The C-17 has been used extensively in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It can operate with only a three-person crew.

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