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Power trucks hitch ride to NY on C-17s, C-5s

Nov. 1, 2012 - 01:07PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 1, 2012 - 01:07PM  |  
Southern California Edison Utility Vehicles are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., on Nov. 1.
Southern California Edison Utility Vehicles are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., on Nov. 1. (Air Force)
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Air Force flight crews load Southern California Edison utility trucks onto a C-17 Globemaster III at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., on Nov. 1. (Air Force)

With millions on the East Coast out of power, the Air Force is transporting close to 70 trucks from a California power company to New York.

The first of the vehicles are expected to arrive at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., at 2:30 p.m. today, according to a news release from 18th Air Force. The trucks, from the Southern California Edison utility company, will be loaded onto 12 C-17s and five C-5s.

"Aircraft and crews from 12 active-duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve bases across the nation are mobilized to arrive at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., where they are slated to pick up approximately 10 passengers and 632 short tons of equipment and supplies supporting relief efforts on the East Coast," according to the release.

Roughly 40 airmen from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., have been dispatched to March to help with the effort, said Capt. Melissa Milner, a spokeswoman for Travis.

New York and New Jersey were hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Air Force and Army Guardsmen are on the ground there helping to rescue people and make sure they have food and a place to stay.

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