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First fixed-wing aircraft since quake lands at Sendai Airport
SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Airmen unload supplies and a forklift from a MC-130H Combat Talon II here March 16. This is the first fixed-wing aircraft to land at the airport since an earthquake and tsunami crippled much of the Japanese eastern seaboard March 11. The opening of this runway to fixed-wing aircraft by the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and Japanese emergency management organizations provides a critical means of transporting fuel, equipment, food and other supplies to areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)