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airlift Rodeo

The Rodeo competition was renamed Airlift Rodeo beginning in 1987 by the MAC commander General Duane Cassidy in an effort to more accurately reflect the purpose of the event. The roles of the maintenance, Security Police, and Combat Control teams also expanded in 1987. The latter two participated in overland infiltration event using Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) gear help to create realism, and the Combat Control teams conducted High Altitude-Low Opening (HALO) jumps and established drop zones. Additionally, comedian Bob Hope performed at Rodeo, filming a two-hour program for his 84th birthday. President Ronald Regan and Secretary of the Air Force Edward Aldridge Jr. were also on hand for Bob Hope’s performance.


No Rodeo was held in 1988 because of budget constraints. However, the Rodeo returned in 1989. This Rodeo was the first to showcase the airdrop capability of the C-5 Galaxy. The C-5 set a world record by dropping four M551 Sheridan light tanks and 73 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division totaling 190,346 pounds. 

CARP RODEO (1961 - 1964)
Combat Airlift Competition (1969 - 1972)
 volant Rodeo (1979 - 1986)
airlift Rodeo (1987 - 1990)
Air Mobility Rodeo (1992 - PRESENT)
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