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Within 75 minutes of the volcanic explosion at Mount St. Helens, Washington, Air Force Reserve rescue helicopters were on their way to remove survivors from the mountain, with a total of 101 lives saved. A small plane crashes in the wilderness. rescuemen reach the crash site Within two hours, and give medical aid para- to the two survivors. A sailor badly burned on a Russian ship in the Atlantic, 700 is miles from the nearest land. flowai to the Two PJs, stationed in the Azores, are Russian ship.

U * #^« sengers and mail, or and western Pacific, making a daily resupply run to the among many, many MAC In one year's period, carried other routine missions. more than 2,100,000 sengers and 489,000 tons of cargo through which MAC (SAAMs) . pas- — known is its as opposed to no wonder It is most far-ranging called the ''biggest, busiest, is airlift regularly scheduled service, as is Special Assignment Airlift Missions that aerial ports its passenger and cargo terminals. " MAC The Command Center, located in the big, red brick headquarters building at Scott worldwide airlift Center, the operations.

Since there was no railroad and only the interior, airlift dirt roads into was essential keep millions of people the crowded refugee camps in to bring in the food necessar}' to alive. Joining with other countries, the United States answered the urgent The call of the United Nations international African relief effort. Military Airlift wheat, rice, Command airlifted tons of food, primarily sorghum, and powdered milk for the children, along with goats, sheep, and w ater buffalo to the drought-stricken African countries.

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