THE CIVIL RESERVE AIR FLEET--AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAM TO MEET DEFENSE EMERGENCY AIRLIFT REQUIREMENTS

The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program provides the Department of Defense (DOD) with Commercial airplanes to augment military airlift during peacetime and wartime. This is a review of the Military Airlift Command's (MAC) regulations, procedures, and contracts governing this program. The program concepts and their testing and evaluation are discussed with the MAC and 15 air carriers in the long-range international CRAF. A DOD exercise that simulated an airlift emergency is reviewed. The status and types of modifications to be performed on the CRAF program are considered. MAC's and air carriers' views on the adequacy or compatibility with wide-body aircraft needs of military ground-support equipment and airfields are presented, as well as Air Force test loadings of wide and narrow-body aircraft. An inventory was obtained of North Atlantic Treaty Organization members' Civil Aircraft, and the NATO initiatives in establishing a program similar to the United States CRAF program with the MAC is discussed.

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    • The Subcommittee on Priorities and Economy in Government, Joint Economic Committee, asked GAO to compile this report.
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  • Publication Date: 1978-12-7

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  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 26 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194519
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: U.S. General Accounting Office
  • Report/Paper Numbers: LCD-78-239
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1979 12:00AM