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Market Garden 2018
Latest update: October 2018
On Saturday September 22 the annual Market Garden reenactment / commemoration para jumps were made at the Ginkelse heide.
Participants Market Garden 2018
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
Belgium C-130H 1 20 Smaldeel Melsbroek  
Netherlands C-130H.30 2 336 squadron Eindhoven  
Poland C-295M 1 13 ELTr Krakow-Balice  
United Kingdom Hercules C.5 1 24/30/47 squadron RAF Brize Norton  
United States C-130H 1 96th AS (934th AW) Minneapolis St. Paul, Minnesota AFRC
  C-130H 1 700th AS (94th AW) Dobbins AFB, Georgia AFRC
Total   7
The USAF send two C-130Hs from Air Force Reserve Command. Previous commemorations saw C-130 squadrons from the
United States Air Forces Europe, Air National Guard and Air Education and Training Command participate.

96th AS, 934th AW is based in Minnesota at Minneapolis St. Paul IAP. The airlift squadron operates from the airport with sister squadron 109th AS, 133rd AW from the Minnesota ANG. The heritage of 934th AW dates back to WWII therefore it was approved to paint two of its Hercules with D-Day invasions stripes. The first aircraft was send to The Netherlands to participate in Falcon Leap and Market Garden 2018.

The 96th AS first C-130H wearing the D-Day markings over the Ginkelse heide.

700th Airlift Squadron, 94th Airlift Wing is based at Dobbins AFB at Marietta near Georgia's state capital Atlanta. The base also accommodates Lockheed Martin plant 6 which currently is building the C-130J Super Hercules.

700th AS C-130H flying over the drop zone. 

Three para drops were made during the day and the Defence Helicopter Command alike last year send its helicopters for a demonstration.

Market Garden 2018 display times:

Time Activity
10:00 - 10:45 Market Garden para jumps
10:45 - 11:00 DHC demo
12:30 - 13:00 Market Garden para jumps
13:45 - 14:00 DHC demo
15:00 - 15:30 Market Garden para jumps

After the first para jump and demonstration by the DHC helicopters the official ceremony took place. The program then continued with the second jumps and the departure of the helicopters after the Apache gave a display and together with the Chinook and Cougar hovered along the crowd line. The third wave took off from Eindhoven Air Base but the drop was cancelled due to the weather conditions.
Photo gallery
The commemoration jumps are opened by a Dakota (C47 / DC-3).
The formation of seven aircraft (six C-130H/J Hercules, one C-295M) lined up for the first drop. Belgian Air Component C-130H Hercules over the drop zone.
followed by his colleagues from the USA also with the C-130H. and Royal Air Force with its Hercules C.5 (C-130J). The Polish Air Force C-295M closed the formation.
After the first droppings were completed  the Defence Helicopter Command Apache, Cougar and Chinook arrived.
  with the later two carrying sling loads.   
After the official ceremony the aircraft arrived back over the Ginkelse heide to conduct the second wave of the
planned three waves to be flown. 

  The first C-130s turn into the pattern while paratroopers make their way down.
The Apache gave a demo and when   completed the Chinook and Cougar started their departure
by flying low over the heath  before continuing back to home base Gilze-Rijen.