Yesterday afternoon, one of our members spotted an Indian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III at Bordeaux Merignac Airport on a medical aid flight as it airlifted medical equipment to India to help against the fight against Covid 19. India is reeling from a second wave of the pandemic that has been spreading with dizzying speed, with a record 414,188 cases and nearly 4,000 deaths officially recorded on May 6, both likely vast underestimates.
There are many factors leading to this rampant surge of infection; however, the main challenge is for India’s hospitals to acquire respirators and oxygen equipment. India is currently revolving in an endless cycle of infection and death due to the lack of availability and money for such equipment. Fortunately, a large and promising number of local organizations are helping provide more oxygen supplies and raise money for equipment. Aid from international organizations is another main factor in this crucial fight to end the oxygen shortage in India.
The Indian Air Force has a fleet of 11 C-17 Globemaster IIIs. Boeing has also established an in-country C-17 simulator training center which has completed thousands of training hours for aircrews and loadmasters.
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