However, Iraqi officials said that much of the US aid had been “useless” because it was dropped from 15,000 ft without parachutes and exploded on impact.
Allahpundit is skeptical, but Preston goes on to discuss some details of the mission which I will get to shortly. I did just see a news story on a “successful” mission to drop water that C-17s from Charleston Air Force Base reportedly made, but I would guess their definition of success is dropping it out of the plane and getting home without any issues – without any calculus for what happens on the ground.
Preston goes on to discussed the fact that the C-17s making the drops have fighter escorts. If they are flying that hight, as he points out, it would be because ISIS has captured surface to air missile systems (SAMs) including some MANPADS (shoulder-fired.)
I will try to do a separate post on the air defense systems involved later (I was in the S2 section of an air defense unit at one point, which means I have a basic understanding of some of the OPFOR systems and more knowledge of the OPFOR aircraft.)
DVIDS shows this picture of parachutes being attached to pallets by riggers:
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