The U.S. Air Force was testing a new release system near Fort Bragg in North Carolina this week and made a heavy blunder when they dropped a 2.5 ton+ HMMWV a mile too early, sending it down 1500 feet onto a civilian neighborhood.
The Air Force C-17 was conducting a test of a new “heavy load platform,” said a spokesman from the Army base, but the platform “deployed prematurely” and the Humvee drifted down into a tree.
It landed in a tree.
“Everything went as planned except for the early release,” said the spokesman, Tom McCollum, to ABC news.
In fact, the heavy military vehicle remained in the tree approximately thirty feet up, somehow, until it was finally retrieved by the Army.
No one was injured.
ABC News has video of the recovery.
ABC has more on the incident here. There was no press release on the Army website, nor any statement on the Fort Bragg Twitter feed at the time of this posting.
For the record, this is what it’s supposed to look like when you airdrop Humvees onto Fort Bragg.