Operation Christmas Drop

Cargo drops from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft over the Pacific Ocean toward a landing zone on the shore of Kayangel Island during the 62nd annual Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 11, 2013. Christmas Drop started in 1952 as a training mission and has since become the longest running Department of Defense mission in full operation as well as the longest running humanitarian airlift in the world.

Every Christmas, the US Air Force performs Operation Christmas Drop – airdropping toys and other presents to children who live on remote Pacific islands.



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