The Defense Department says it is flying 17 aircraft from California to New York loaded with power generation equipment and crews to help restore power to the millions of homes and businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The airlift is one part of several efforts the Pentagon says it is making to support Sandy relief efforts.
The Pentagon says the utility equipment is being provided by southern California power companies, including Con Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
The equipment includes 10 double bucket trucks, nearly 20 pick-up trucks, and a number of other trucks and equipment, as well as a mobile command center. It will arrive at the air guard base at Stewart International Airport Thursday afternoon.
Our buddy Phat at H2 works for Air Mobility Command, and has been busy scheduling the particular flights.
Why fly all the way from Cali to NJ? It’s purely speculation on my part, but I’m guessing with current weather patterns, Edison is one of the few companies with excess repair capacity right now. Folks closer to the East Coast either are needed at home, or it was faster for them to simply drive to the scene.
In any event, it’s pretty weird to see non-military trucks drive onto a C-5. And even though March AFB isn’t but a hop, skip and a jump from here, I’m irked that their departures take them too far north of here for me to do any plane spotting.