The Mideast War: The Supply Line: History's Biggest Airlift

Under a bright moon, civilian and military police with dogs patrolled the edges of Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire last week, shooing away the curious townspeople drawn by the steady roar of big jet engines. "The only other time you hear that much activity at night is when the reservists fly in," said Bob James, who owns a gas station near the end of the runway. As he spoke, KC-135 tanker jets labored off the runway, then banked right toward the nearby Atlantic Ocean. During the day, half a dozen...

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