TASM-E begins loading aircraft aboard ship in Rota, Spain

By Jennifer L. King, 405th AFSB PAOFebruary 20, 2009

Although the ship's ramp entrance is cavernous, CH-47 Chinook aircraft barely fit through the opening and must be carefully loaded to avoid damage.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Although the ship's ramp entrance is cavernous, CH-47 Chinook aircraft barely fit through the opening and must be carefully loaded to avoid damage. (Photo Credit: Jennifer L. King, 405th AFSB PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tugging aircraft up the ramp is only the first step in mission success. Once in the ship's hold, the aircraft must be maneuvered around the ship's support beams and staircases, as well as internal ramps.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Tugging aircraft up the ramp is only the first step in mission success. Once in the ship's hold, the aircraft must be maneuvered around the ship's support beams and staircases, as well as internal ramps. (Photo Credit: Jennifer L. King, 405th AFSB PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL