Reuters reports that,
“Reuters journalists saw a white bus escorted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents enter the Del Rio airport, then a group boarding a Coast Guard plane. A police source said the people were migrants and a source familiar with airport operations said the aircraft was heading to El Paso, Texas.”
Coast Guard vessels have routinely been to forcibly return migrants to their home countries. Its one of the more distasteful tasks that come with the job. This is the first time I have heard of our aircraft being used for that purpose (not to say it has never happened before, I don’t know).
This is a C-27J out of CGAS Sacramento. I can almost hear the air crew members saying, “This is not what I signed up for!”
Incidentally, any partisan political statements in the comments will be deleted. Take it somewhere else.
Thank you for your statement. Your blog need not get bogged down by politics.
Somewhat off topic, but I wonder if the C-27s might have any use of floats like they are now planning for C-130.
The amphibious floats option is intriguing but I doubt we will see it. We don’t seem to need it that often. It requires additional repeated training. Open Ocean landings are dangerous and even landing on lakes can encounter hidden hazards, like logs in the water.
A water landing capable version of a future high speed vertical takeoff and landing aircraft could be interesting.