The Air Hospital

The C-17 Globemaster is one of the world’s largest military transport aircraft, capable of carrying anything from tanks and helicopters to troops and supplies.

But when the emergency call comes the plane is transformed into a hospital with everything needed to bring often terribly wounded service personnel home to their families in less than 36 hours from the point of injury.

With a top speed of over 500 mph, and flying at 28,000 feet, it’s a world away from the medicine available in previous conflicts. Flying into war zones, the medical team and crew put themselves in the line of fire to bring 121 critically injured patients back to Britain in 2009, more than twice as many as in 2008.

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