Lynden Air Cargo Charter and Scheduled Air Cargo Service


Department of Defense Experience

Lynden Air Cargo has been a subcontractor for the Department of Defense and is a member of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program since 1999. Lynden Air Cargo has successfully flown thousands of missions to locations around the world while providing a reliability rating among the top of any CRAF carrier.

Over the years, Lynden Air Cargo has had aircraft contracted for weekly scheduled flights, based at Air Force Bases in Yokota, Japan, Ramstein, Germany and Trenton, New Jersey.

In addition, Lynden Air Cargo has operated Department of Defense Air Mobility Command (AMC) expansion missions as needed on an ad hoc trip basis.


Lynden Air Cargo maintains a 90% reliability rate or better on the three-month rolling average for all the contracts with AMC/TACC. With the number of missions divided by the delays, it is one of the best in the CRAF fleet. It is a success that Lynden Air Cargo is proud of.

AMC Expansion

The AMC Expansion(s) are requirements that are outside of the weekly schedule missions, they can also be known as one-time ad hoc charter(s). This work is dependent on available airframes at the time of the request.

Some of the destinations that Lynden Air Cargo has operated:

  • Travis Air Force Base, California
  • Wake Island, Micronesia (East of Guam)
  • Ouagadoughou, Burkina Faso
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Paya Lebar, Singapore
  • Gao, Mali

McGuire, Norfolk, & Charleston Air Base

Lynden Air Cargo had an airplane based at McGuire Air Base in New Jersey from 2002 until 2013. With the addition of some overnight stops in Norfolk and Charleston that were added later, the average block hour was about 48 hours a week. One item to note: Towards the end of this requirement, Lynden Air Cargo would do Embassy food runs to various Embassy locations to South America, some of these locations are listed below.

List of airfields used:

  • Thule, Greenland
  • Lajes, Azores
  • Keflavik, Iceland
  • Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Goose Bay, Newfoundland
  • St. Croix, Virgin Islands
  • Soto Cano, Honduras
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • Bogota, Columbia
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Georgetown, Guyana
  • Port au Prince, Haiti
  • El Salvador, El Salvador
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Belize, Belize


Yokota was Lynden Air Cargo's first Department of Defense scheduled contract. It began in 1999 and lasted until 2011.

The Lynden Air Cargo airplane was flying six days a week to various Department of Defense locations throughout Japan and Korea on a weekly schedule requirement and averaged about 45 block hours per week.

Airfields used in the Yokota contract:

  • Misawa, Japan
  • Kadena, Japan
  • Osan, South Korea
  • Pusan, South Korea
  • Kunsan, South Korea
  • Iwakuni, Japan
  • Andersen, Yigo, Guam


Ramstein started soon after Yokota, it was in operation from 2000 until 2009. Most of this flying was very similar to Japan as it was a weekly scheduled requirement. All of that changed after September 11th. Operation Enduring Freedom started and at its height Lynden Air Cargo had two airplanes in Ramstein and another one in Turkey. With all three of these airplanes in the European Theater, Lynden Air Cargo was averaging between 120 to 130 block hours per week. After reducing down to one plane, the average block per week was about 45 hours. The three-airplane campaign lasted for about 6-8 months.

During this contract, the Ramstein /Turkey airplanes flew to a variety of destinations, including:

  • Mildenhall, United Kingdom
  • Moron, Spain
  • Mont De Marsan, France
  • Lakenheath, United Kingdom
  • Taszar, Hungary
  • Aviano, Italy
  • Skopje, Macedonia
  • Sigonella, Italy
  • Naples, Italy
  • Brindisi, Italy
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Pristina, Kosovo
  • Incirlik, Turkey
  • Esenboga, Turkey
  • Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Souda Bay, Greece
  • Amman, Jordan
  • King Faisal, Jordan
  • Shaheed Mwaffaq, Jordan
  • Akrotiri, Cyprus
  • Karshi, Uzbekistan


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