Heavy Airlift Wing

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Heavy Airlift Wing
Active 2009- current (Full Operational Capability 2012)
Country International consortium of Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and USA.
Branch Air Force
Type Strategic Airlift
Size three C-17 Globemaster III aircraft
137 multinational military personnel
Part of Strategic Airlift Capability
Garrison/HQ Pápa Air Base, Hungary
Motto Team - Mission - Future
Anniversaries 27 July
Colonel Frank Rombouts, RNLAF
2009 activation ceremony

The Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) is an international military airlift organization based at Pápa Air Base, Hungary. It was officially activated on 27 July 2009 as part the Strategic Airlift Capability consortium.[1] The consortium purchased and operates three C-17 Globemaster III aircraft that fly under the national markings of Hungary. To date the Heavy Airlift Wing is commanded by a colonel from the Netherlands. Boeing provides nearly all operational maintenance of the aircraft with a 50-member contractor force, while depot maintenance and crew training is provided by the USAF in the United States.

The wing has provided strategic airlift worldwide on combat, humanitarian, disaster relief, and peacekeeping missions for its 12 member countries. While independent of any command by the European Union, United Nations, or NATO, many of the missions by consortium members have been in support of objectives of those organizations, primarily in strategic airlift support of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The wing has also flown into Iraq, Mali, Kosovo, Ukraine and Lebanon.[2]

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  1. ^ 12 nations activate groundbreaking Heavy Airlift Wing
  2. ^ Multinational wing completes first mission into Iraq