How to Move 78,000 Pounds of Baby Formula on a C-17

US Air Force C-17 packed with baby formula

U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, loaded with 78,000 pounds of infant formula bound for Indianapolis, May 22, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Emma Quirk)

You may have heard the US Air Force flew special baby formula (hypoallergenic Nestlé’s Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula, to be precise) to Indianapolis to help meet the acute formula shortage in the United States. The plane arrived at Indianapolis International Airport at 11am on May 22 and was was greeted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The 39 tons of formula will feed 27,000 children for a week.

The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service–DVIDS–has some good photos capturing Operation Fly Formula, which was performed by the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing Airmen at Ramstein.

Here is a select gallery of photos from DVIDS documenting the operation:

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