US Army and Japan Self-Defence Force conduct historic airborne operation

In the bright Japanese morning sun, stretched across the flight line, more than 500 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members talk, rehearse jump procedures and shimmy parachute packs onto their backs. All the while, U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare 12 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for a surge unlike any other on record.

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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paratroopers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade board a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron during an Airborne 21 exercise, March 9, 2021, on Yokota Air Base, Japan. Airborne 21 was the largest U.S.- Japan airborne operation in history; involving approximately 500 JGSDF paratroopers, 12 C-130s and 134 containment delivery system bundles. (Picture source: U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Hannah Bean)

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