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Merry Christmas Micronesia

C-130 cargo bay ramp ready for drop (Photo courtesy US Embassy Montevideo/Flickr)

How about a cool story for Christmas from half way around the world? I saw this article in Airman Magazine.

For children living on the islands in Micronesia, Santa doesn’t deliver presents on his sleigh pulled by flying reindeer or wear his iconic red and white suit; he airdrops them from a C-130 Hercules while wearing an Air Force flight suit.

For more than 60 years, Airmen have flown over these islands around Christmas, dropping donated goods in makeshift bundles to help more than 30,000 islanders inhabiting tiny islands spread across an area roughly the combined size of Alaska and Texas. The yearly endeavor, called Operation Christmas Drop, is the longest-running humanitarian airlift mission in the world.

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