Illustration for article titled The Graceful Moment When a Commando Boat Goes Airborne

Airdrop operations never cease to amaze me. This photo shows a special training moment frozen in time: a commando boat slipping out of a Lockheed MC-130J transport aircraft.

An MC-130J Commando II from the 9th Special Operations Squadron airdrops a Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise, Nov. 12, 2015. This was the first time aircrews from the 9th SOS successfully completed an MCADS airdrop.


[Staff Sgt. Matthew Plew/U.S. Air Force photo]

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