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Members of the 48th Transportation Squadron unload supplies and equipment from a C-17 aircraft on the RAF Lakenheath flightline returning from the Air Expeditionary Force 4 deployment. The pallets were loaded onto the new 60K 'Tunner.' Named after Lieutenant General William H. Tunner, commander of the Combined Airlift Task Force, which provided supplies to West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift. The $1.5 million Tunner is the military's latest "K Loader," the primary piece of equipment used to load and download cargo from aircraft. The Tunner is capable of holding up to 60,000 pounds or 6 pallet positions of cargo or rolling stock. It can reach speeds up to 24 miles per hour, and can ...

Members of the 48th Transportation Squadron unload supplies and equipment from a C-17 aircraft on the RAF Lakenheath flightline returning from the Air Expeditionary Force 4 deployment. The pallets were loaded onto the new 60K 'Tunner.' Named after Lieutenant General William H. Tunner, commander of the Combined Airlift Task Force, which provided supplies to West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift. The $1.5 million Tunner is the military's latest "K Loader," the primary piece of equipment used to load and download cargo from aircraft. The Tunner is capable of holding up to 60,000 pounds or 6 pallet positions of cargo or rolling stock. It can reach speeds up to 24 miles per hour, and can ...

 
 
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[Complete] Scene Caption: Members of the 48th Transportation Squadron unload supplies and equipment from a C-17 aircraft on the RAF Lakenheath flightline returning from the Air Expeditionary Force 4 deployment. The pallets were loaded onto the new 60K 'Tunner.' Named after Lieutenant General William H. Tunner, commander of the Combined Airlift Task Force, which provided supplies to West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift. The $1.5 million Tunner is the military's latest "K Loader," the primary piece of equipment used to load and download cargo from aircraft. The Tunner is capable of holding up to 60,000 pounds or 6 pallet positions of cargo or rolling stock. It can reach speeds up to 24 miles per hour, and can extend from a height of more than 18 feet down to 39 inches. This was the first time the Tunner was used by the 48th Transportation Squadron at RAF Lakenheath. This flexibility provides the 48th Fighter Wing the capability to load and unload any type of Department of Defense aircraft.

Base: Raf Lakenheath

State: East Anglia

Country: England / Great Britain (ENG)

Scene Major Command Shown: 48th Fighter Wing

Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Paul R. Caron, Jr.

Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

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12/06/2001
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The U.S. National Archives
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