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Famous C-17 Flight Filled with More Afghan Evacuees Than First Thought, Setting Record

August 24, 2021

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The Air Force said Friday that Reach 871, the C-17 Globemaster III flight from Afghanistan packed with evacuees in an instantly iconic photo, carried 823 Afghan civilians, nearly a couple hundred more than initially reported.

The Air Force at first said that 640 Afghans were on the Sunday flight, as reported by Defense One. But after the flight crew appeared on CNN, Air Mobility Command spokeswoman Maj. Hope Cronin said on Twitter that number accounted only for the adult passengers, adding that there were also 183 children on board.

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