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Department of Defense Experience

Lynden Air Cargo has been a subcontractor for the Department of Defense and a member of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program for more than 25 years. We have successfully flown thousands of missions to locations around the world gaining Department of Defense experience while providing a reliability rating among the top of any CRAF carrier.

Department of Defense Air Cargo Experience
Military and Government Air Cargo Experience

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.

Current and Past Contracts

Domestic Charters – Lynden Air Cargo provides charter airlift services between Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska and various points within the state.

Domestic Less-than-planeload flights – Lynden Air Cargo partners with its sister company Lynden Logistics and forwarder JAS Forwarding USA for international less-than-planeload heavy haul flights.

Air Combat Command support – Lynden Air Cargo flies bulk petroleum, oil, lubricants, and outsized cargo and supplies to Canadian and U.S. sites for the North Warning System for Air Combat Command.

Air Mobility Command (AMC) Expansions are requirements outside of the weekly scheduled missions, or one-time ad hoc charter(s). This work is dependent on available aircraft at the time of the request.

Lynden Air Cargo destinations have included:

  • Travis Air Force Base, California
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Barking Sands Naval Base, Hawaii
  • Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • Wake Island, Micronesia (East of Guam)
  • Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Gao, Mali
  • Paya Lebar, Singapore

Lynden Air Cargo has had an airplane based at McGuire Air Base in New Jersey. Over the years, we have also made stops in Norfolk and Charleston, averaging about 48 block hours a week. Lynden has flown to various Embassy locations as part of this project, including the airfields below:

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

Yokota was Lynden Air Cargo’s first scheduled contract with the Department of Defense. In almost a decade of service, we flew six days a week to various locations throughout Japan and Korea on a weekly schedule, averaging 45 block hours per week.

Airfield destinations included:

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

The Ramstein contract started soon after Yokota and lasted for almost a decade. After September 11, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom began which altered our weekly scheduled flights. At its height, Lynden Air Cargo had two airplanes in Ramstein and another one in Turkey. With all three airplanes in the European Theater, Lynden Air Cargo averaged between 120 to 130 block hours per week. After reducing 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

Common Questions

The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program is a National Emergency Preparedness Program designed to augment airlift capability for the Department of Defense, and is instrumental in meeting national security interests and contingency requirements. Lynden Air Cargo participates in the CRAF program and has years of experience transporting cargo for the Department of Defense.

A Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) Certified Air Carrier must be Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 135 or 121 certified and have 12 months of continued service equivalent to the service sought by the Department of Defense (DOD). In order to be CARB certified, a carrier must maintain quality programs and business practices that abide by enhanced safety, operational, and maintenance standards. The DOD has established a set of air carrier quality and safety requirements that reflect the type of programs and practices the DOD seeks from air carriers or operators airlifting DOD resources. Lynden Air Cargo is a CARB Certified Air Carrier.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) provides a standardized set of codes, called NAICS codes, established to support the collection, analysis, and publication of U.S. economic data statistics.

Lynden Air Cargo maintains the following NAICS codes:

  • 481212 Nonscheduled Chartered Freight Air Transportation
  • 481112 Scheduled Freight Air Transportation
  • 481219 Other Nonscheduled Air Transportation

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