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Humvee Airdrops Is The Most Satisfying Thing You’ll See All Day

There’s just something awesome and satisfying about a 5,200 pound HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) being parachuted out of an even more massive Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The $218 million airplane is capable of transporting a payload of 170,000 pounds, more than enough to support the following (according to Wikipedia):

102 paratroopers or

134 troops with palletized and sidewall seats or

54 troops with sidewall seats (allows 13 cargo pallets) only or

36 litter and 54 ambulatory patients and medical attendants or

Cargo, such as an M1 Abrams tank, three Strykers, or six M1117 Armored Security Vehicles

In this training video, the C-17 transport is seen successfully parachuting eight Humvee military convoy vehicles to a drop zone in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There’s just something about the smooth gliding of the Humvee storage container through the aft ramp, the immediate parachute deployment, and slow descent, that looks so satisfying.

(Source: Youtube & Wikipedia)

About Hansen

The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

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