An Assessment of Airdrops in Relief Operations.
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In recent years, there have been a number of cases where military aircraft were used to drop food and other relief supplies to populations that were in danger of starvation due to famine, conflict, or both. Despite the high cost of such operations, there have been an increasing number of proposals to use airdrops in similar situations, especially in operations that have attracted major media attention and where US military airlift capacity has been committed. Given the renewed interest in using this approach, it is worthwhile to examine the systems available, and more importantly, the lessons learned from previous experiences.
DescriptionPrepared for the UN Peacekeeping Commanders Orientation Seminar, Niinsalo, Finland. Air Transport. (602)
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Cuny, Frederick C. (1992). An Assessment of Airdrops in Relief Operations.. Available electronically from