Air transport is one of the most useful tools in disaster relief; in combination with the use of satellites and radar in to monitor storms, it is one of the distinctive characteristics of modern disaster relief. But in many cases, it is also one of the systems most disrupted by disaster, as floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and earthquakes can damage airports, air traffic control towers, and runways, or interfere with the ease of navigation and landing. Even in scenarios such as droughts, famines, wildfires, and the care of refugees during armed conflict, the logistics of air transport in relief efforts can be complicated.

Aircraft may be used in disaster relief efforts for firefighting as well as for transporting supplies and people. American military aircraft are regularly ...

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