The United States has officially handed over the first of two Hercules C-130 transport planes to the Chad government to help its war effort against Libyan-baked rebel forces.
GV & SV C-130 taxiing after arrival (3 SHOTS)
SV Chad Defence Minister Rotouang troops towards plane. Affaires Jay P. Moffat walking past troops towards plane
GV U.S. airmen alighting from plane and talking to Chad air force officers
CU U.S. Charges de Affaires Moffat
CU Chad Foreign Minister Yoma
GV C-130 with US aircrew and high-ranking Chad military and Zaire personnel (6 SHOTS)
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Background: The United States has officially handed over the first of two Hercules C-130 transport planes to the Chad government to help its war effort against Libyan-baked rebel forces. The big military aircraft arrived at N'Djamena airport on September 13, manned by US Air Force crews who will train Zairean airmen to pilot it. The two Hercules form part of the United States' Commitment of 25-million dollars to the beleaguered government of President Hissene Habre. The Reagan administration gave promises of military aid soon after rebel forces, loyal to former president Goukouni Oueddei, attacked and held the key northern town of Faya-Largeau. Until the Hercules arrived, Chad forces had relied on two old DC-4 aircraft to supply their frontline troops who hold positions across the country to prevent a southward push by rebels. The Hercules C-130 aircraft will offer significant advantages, being able to land on almost any type of runway in Chad's mostly desert terrain. The first C-130, and its crew, were greeted at N'Djamena airport by Chad's Defence Minister, Rorouang Yoma and the United States Charges de Affaires, Jay P. Moffat. Senior military and air force personnel from Chad and Zaire, which had sent about 2,000 troops to the country, were also there.