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Last US plane to depart Afghanistan stopped at Maine airport Wednesday night

Paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division prepare to board a U.S. Air Force C-17 on August 30th, 2021 at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Alexander Burnett, 82nd Airborne Public Affairs).

The last U.S. plane to leave Kabul made a stop at Bangor International Airport on Wednesday night, and departed Thursday morning, according to Bangor aviation expert Tony Delmonaco, who runs the blog 3315 Aviation.

The plane, a C-17 based out of Charleston Air Force Base in Charleston, South Carolina, departed Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday night, and made the long flight back to the U.S. over the course of several days.

The departure of that plane, and the four others that left Kabul alongside it, marked the end of the U.S.’s involvement in the Afghanistan war after 20 years. It came after a fraught transition period in August that saw the Taliban overthrow the previous government and the death of 13 U.S. troops and at least 90 Afghan civilians in a bomb attack.

Military planes regularly make stops at Bangor International Airport, as it is the closest U.S. airport to many locations in Europe and the Middle East and the site of a U.S. Air National Guard base.


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