With the ongoing offensive operations against the Maute terrorists, several members of our government troops have been wounded. To respond to this need, the 220th Airlift Wing “Airlifters” of the Philippine Air Force has deployed another C-130 aircraft on June 7, 2017 piloted by Major Ramil I Daet PAF that ferried medical team and ambulance to Laguindingan Airport to provide medical services to wounded troops in the conflict zone.
This sortie is only one of the many flight missions performed that day using the other C-130s and C-295 aircraft. Providing airlift reinforcements and medical teams in conflict areas is not something in mint condition for the Airlifters. What becomes a challenge is the Airlifters capability to maintain its readiness to respond quickly to the needs.
As the pilot-in-command, Major Daet said that maintaining a sterile environment inside the aircraft cabin and dealing with turbulence in-flight present other challenges too. He added that as a true-bloodied airlifter, there is nothing more fulfilling than being part of saving the lives of our troops in the battlefield.