Hurlburt Field Air Commandos Get Smaller Cargo Planes

Sometimes a four-engine C-130 transport is just more airplane than the Air Force needs for special operations missions that often involve slipping undetected behind enemy lines with troops and cargo.

For such occasions a new squadron has been created to fly a single-engine plane that can be used by Special Forces such as the Army's Green Berets and Navy's Seals.

The 319th Special Operations Squadron, which is stationed at Hurlburt Field in the Florida Panhandle, has six of the planes.

The smaller plane can operate from shorter runways than a C-130, and just like the larger aircraft, can land on dirt and grass strips.

The squadron is likely to see action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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