A Luftwafffe C-160 Transall. Archive photo (Image © Marcel Burger)

Pace quickens: Luftwaffe Transalls leave Afghanistan

Western air assets seem to withdraw at a quickened pace in Afghanistan, with transport aircraft following the earlier departure of fighter and attack aircraft. Last week, the last of Royal Air Force’s C-130 Hercules aircraft left the Afghanistan theatre, and now German Luftwaffe C-160 Transalls have followed.

The last C-160 departed on Mazar-e Sharif on Saturday 15 November, ending a 13 year deployment during which 55,000 flight hours were clocked, an astonishing 950,000 passengers and 76,000 tonnes of cargo transported. Of importance were the 481 medical evacuation flights completed.

The flight out of Afghanistan routed via Uzbekistan and Turkey back to Hohn airbase in northern Germany, home of Lufttransportgeschwader 63.

The pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan justifies the question if current operations against Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) forces in Iraq and Syria were of influence. The answer seems a certain ‘yes’.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

The star of current German airlift operations, the C-160 Transall, scores a 50% availability rate (Image © Marcel Burger)
The star of current German airlift operations, the C-160 Transall, scores a 50% availability rate (Image © Marcel Burger)