Air Force Special Operations pilots are some of the best in the world. But what is it like to be with this awesome community as they make sure they're ready for action?
Here are some photos that are worth more than the proverbial thousand words.
The MC-130J, like the C-130J, can be loaded with vehicles. In this case, they can carry the specialized vehicles used by other special operators like Rangers, Green Berets, and SEALs.
Of course, before take-off, there is the ritual of the pre-flight checklist. At least the tablet means there's no chance of losing a page.
The pilot, of course, will be in his office during this exercise, so the tablet is conveniently mounted.
"Tail-end Charlie" gets a good look at the other planes in the formation.
Here, you can see two of the planes breaking, while others wait patiently in line. This isn't just a training exercise for AFSOC, it's also practice for the VA.
The view from the front of the line is much better, no?
Preparing for the air-drop: This is what all that flying is about - delivering the supplies to the boots on the ground.
Every day, this is the type of stuff that Air Force Special Operations Command does to support America's top commandos.