International cooperation in the area of heavy airlift has taken on a new dimension. Today, a C-17 transport aircraft bound for Mali took off from Eindhoven carrying supplies for the Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Dutch and Swedish contingents, the first flight of its kind. Eindhoven Air Base is to serve as the collecting and departure point for these flights in the coming months.
"This is exactly how international cooperation is supposed to work", said General Tom Middendorp, Netherlands Chief of Defence.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III's load consisted of personal equipment of military personnel, spare parts for vehicles and helicopters, and food supplies.