By Eoin Colfer
Conor Broekhart was once born to fly. it's the Eighteen Nineties, and Conor and his relations continue to exist the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days learning the technological know-how of flight along with his show and exploring the citadel with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. however the boy's idyllic lifestyles alterations ceaselessly the day he discovers a perilous conspiracy opposed to the king. whilst Conor intervenes, he's branded a traitor and thrown into prison at the criminal island of Little Saltee. There, he has to struggle for his existence, as he and the opposite prisoners are pressured to mine for diamonds in inhumane stipulations. there's just one method to break out Little Saltee, and that's to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by means of scratching drawings of flying machines into the legal partitions. The months develop into years, yet finally the day comes while Conor needs to locate the braveness to belief his progressive designs and take to the skies.
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The lack of suitable airfields for C–119s and C–54s also limited the effectiveness of the airlift in Korea. Combat Cargo responded to this shortage by turning to airdrops, an inefficient and expensive means to deliver supplies. There was a pressing need for engineers and engineering equipment to provide more suitable terminal facilities. Tunner recognized the shortcomings of the aging C–47s, C–46s, and C–54s. Even the more modern C–119s were not without their problems. The airplanes looked like their nicknames—Flying Boxcars.
At the same time, the 315th took over aerial port responsibilities from the army, creating the 6127th Air Terminal Group. This move was squarely in line with Tunner’s belief that efficiency required a single airlift organization to control all functions at aerial ports. Finally, the lst Troop Carrier Group (Provisional) was absorbed into the 437th Troop Carrier Wing, a C–46-equipped Chicago reserve unit that had arrived in the theater in November 1950. The 1st Troop Carrier Group had accomplished a great deal since its organization in September, airlifting 27,736 passengers, 7,005 casualties, and 11,808 tons of cargo.
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Airman by Eoin Colfer