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On Monday, a C-17 of the multinational Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) conducted its first mission to Afghanistan. The C-17 delivered supplies to Mazar-e-Sharif in the north of the country for the Swedish contingent of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). NATO photo of SAC C-17 on the tarmac at Papa air base, HungarySweden is paying for 550 out of the 12-nation SAC's 3,165 flying hours and provides the deputy commander of the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW), based in Papa, Hungary.The HAW had previously already flown missions in support of NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR).The first SAC C-17 arrived in Papa on 27 July, the day the air base was activated. The second C-17 arrived on 21 September and the third and last aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in October.
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