The Indian Air force achieved a near impossible feat by landing the C-17 Globemaster, one of the largest military transport plane on the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), in Arunachal Pradesh at a height of 6,200 feet. Also, this is a short runway with only 4,200 feet. So the combination of a large plane landing at a high elevation on a short runway makes this a significant achievement. Mechuka is near the China border and was a strategic location during the 162 Indo-China war. The alternative to this is road connectivity to Dibrugarh for rail/air connectivity, but that is 500 kilometers away and takes two days if roads are fine, assuming no flooding or washouts.
Source: DNA India
- 4 Nov 2016