Military: More C17 & C130 spottings likely this week

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of large military aircraft were flying over the Cape Fear Region last night. Military officials say this will continue throughout the week in what they’re calling the largest multinational airborne training exercise the area has seen in 20 years.

Marvin Krause, a spokesman with Pope Army Airfield, says the CJOAX, or Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise, involves 23 aircraft with 2,000 American and 900 British paratroopers. The C-17 and C-130 planes being used in this exercise come from bases from the United Kingdom and from all over the country, including Hawaii and Washington. The 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, organized the exercise.

Krause said that people should expect to see more of these aircraft throughout the week, especially Thursday.

According to the 82nd Airborne Division, this is the largest multinational exercise on Fort Bragg in 20 years. To see more on this exercise, click here to see the 82nd’s Facebook page.

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