Project Liberty reaches 5,000 sortie milestone

A contract field service technician, guides an MC-12 out of a hangar Dec. 30, 2010. The aircraft is on its way to execute the 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron’s 5,000th sortie in just 18 months. / © U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Keyonna Fennell

A contract field service technician, guides an MC-12 out of a hangar Dec. 30, 2010. The aircraft is on its way to execute the 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron’s 5,000th sortie in just 18 months. / © U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Keyonna Fennell

Posted By Frank Grealish

Crew members from the US Air Forces's 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron flying an MC-12W Liberty aircraft, the Air Force's newest intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft (ISR), reached a milestone by flying its 5,000th sortie on December 30th 2010.

The MC-12W Liberty is a special-mission turboprop aircraft that carries communication equipment and a specialized crew of four Airmen. These eyes in the sky provide ground commanders with near real-time ISR; information that is critical to mission success.

"We are breaking new ground in the Air Force by dedicating a platform specifically to tactical ISR. This is the first time since the Vietnam War," said Lt. Col. Kevin Kennelly, 362nd ERS commander, who is deployed from the Pentagon. "We are specifically tasked to work with the ground force to find, fix and finish the target(s)."

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Source: af.mil

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