Airborne War Doctors

A war photo a day #29

Airborne War Doctors Airborne War Doctors

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David Axe photo Airborne War Doctors A war photo a day #29 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to... Airborne War Doctors
David Axe photo

Airborne War Doctors

A war photo a day #29

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In early 2010 I returned to Afghanistan for my third visit with U.S. and allied troops in that ravaged country. I rode to the battlefield aboard an Air Force KC-135 refueling plane outfitted as a flying hospital, with medical gear, doctors and nurses. I photographed one crewman doing paperwork by a window.

The aerial medical teams traveled light, with their equipment packed into hard plastic cases. They could install their airborne hospital ward in practically any military cargo plane. Picking up bomb blast and gunshot victims at airfields across Afghanistan, they kept their patients alive during the long flight across the mountains to Germany … and safety.