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WWI experience[edit]

The US Army Air Service made several attempts to drop supplies to the "Lost Battalion" during World War One. (talk) 07:08, 23 January 2010 (UTC)RKH

Dropping Bombs[edit]

I would have thought "airdrop" refers to the dropping of supplies. Surely dropping bombs is "bombing", even if the bomb is deployed from a cargo aircraft using the method of a supply airdrop. Are such missions referred to as 'airdrops' by the air forces that use these cargo-plane-delivered bombs?Catsmeat (talk) 10:07, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

If you're referring to bombs such as the BLU-82 I suppose that you could consider them to a High Velocity type/Extraction Method airdrop but honestly these sorts of munitions aren't really used operationally anymore, I flew in a non-Special Forces C-130 unit in the mid 2000s and we didn't even train to drop this sort of thing so you'd probably have to find some AFSOC information if you wanted to look into it. ---Schlanger (talk) 03:10, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

File:AirdropcloseJan18haiti edited.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

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A Boeing C-17 performs an airdrop of humanitarian aid following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Airdrops were developed during World War II to resupply otherwise inaccessible troops. Early airdrops were conducted by dropping or pushing padded bundles from aircraft, and this evolved to using parachutes.Photo: James L. Harper Jr., USAF

Inconsistent (contradictory) information[edit]

The first bullet point under Methods of Airdrop says "Extraction drops are invariably Low-Velocity airdrops." But the second bullet point under Types of Airdrops says that "LAPES (Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System) is a variation of an HV drop". Either these two statements are contradictory, or I'm confused (which is a real possibility). But I do think it could use some clarification. Jelloice (talk) 05:28, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

I wrote the original text for the 'type' and 'method' years ago when I was still in the AF. LAPES is no longer practiced in the USAF so a exact categorization would be a bit difficult and it is possibly best left in its own category. I didn't add the text about LAPES and to be accurate it should be listed as a "free fall" type, "Extraction" method - while it uses an extraction chute to clear it from the aircraft there is nothing with slows its short descent to the ground. I'll change the "invariably" description to clear up any confusion.-Schlanger (talk) 03:01, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

Helicopter-assisted installations?[edit]

Ladies and gentlemen, I wonder if various large-scale object installations done by helicopters qualify as "airdrops", or is there any specific term for them? I'm interested in regard of developing article on this hero pilot. Expert help and relevant linking, anyone? Happy edits, Ukrained2012 (talk) 04:37, 16 February 2013 (UTC)