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Total Force mission airlifts weather satellite

A C-5M Super Galaxy, flown by a Westover Air Reserve Base 337th Airlift Squadron crew, is seen at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., during loading of a GOES-S weather satellite.

A 15-member Patriot Wing crew teamed up Dec. 2 to criss-cross America while delivering a weather satellite to Florida during a three-day Total Force mission. The GOES-S satellite, which weighed 6,000 pounds, was itself a light load for the huge transport, but Lockheed – the satellite’s manufacturer -- had to transport it safely for its Dec. 4 trip from Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., to the Kennedy Space Center landing strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Crews nestled the satellite in a tractor-trailer that weighed 90,000 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe)

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. -- A 15-member Patriot Wing crew teamed up Dec. 2 to criss-cross America while delivering a weather satellite to Florida during a three-day Total Force mission. The GOES-S satellite, which weighed 6,000 pounds, was itself a light load for the huge transport, but Lockheed – the satellite’s manufacturer -- had to transport it safely for its Dec. 4 trip from Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., to the Kennedy Space Center landing strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Crews nestled the satellite in a tractor-trailer that weighed 90,000 pounds. Additional coverage: www.facebook.com/westover.patriot (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe)