Airlift unit sheds light on astronaut rescue

Tech Sgt. Makaio Roberts 204th Airlift Squadron loadmaster arms a flare as Master Sgt. Randy Yamada monitors for proper technique during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG's continued support of NASA's SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron's ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)
Tech Sgt. Makaio Roberts 204th Airlift Squadron loadmaster arms a flare as Master Sgt. Randy Yamada monitors for proper technique during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG's continued support of NASA's SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron's ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)

Tech Sgt. Makaio Roberts 204th Airlift Squadron loadmaster arms a flare as Master Sgt. Randy Yamada monitors for proper technique during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG’s continued support of NASA’s SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron’s ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)

Tech Sgt. Makaio Roberts 204th Airlift Squadron loadmaster arms a flare as Master Sgt. Randy Yamada monitors for proper technique during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG's continued support of NASA's SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron's ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)
Tech Sgt. Makaio Roberts 204th Airlift Squadron loadmaster arms a flare as Master Sgt. Randy Yamada monitors for proper technique during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG’s continued support of NASA’s SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron’s ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)

204th Airlift Squadron loadmasters Master Sgt. Chad Thompson and Tech. Sgt. Makaio Roberts conduct a pre-flight inspection of flares during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG’s continued support of NASA’s SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron’s ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)

204th Airlift Squadron loadmasters prepare to cast-out a flare from the back of a C-17 Globemaster III during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG’s continued support of NASA’s SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron’s ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)

An illumination flare is visible from the back of a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard 204th Airlift Squadron during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG’s continued support of NASA’s SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron’s ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)

204th Airlift Squadron loadmasters arm an illumination flare during a flare deployment training operation held Aug. 27, 2020 in the airspaces around Hawaii. The addition of area illuminating flares comes from the HIANG’s continued support of NASA’s SpaceX Human Space Flight program. It enhances the airlift squadron’s ability to conduct contingency astronaut rescue operations in any lighting conditions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)

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