- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane operated by the New York Air National Guard is heading to South Africa to participate in an air show.

The Air National Guard announced the trip Thursday. The plane will carry 13 members of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team to the African Aerospace and Defense event this weekend in Pretoria, South Africa.

The plane will also carry an unmanned drone. Both vehicles will be on display during the event.

The Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing operates eight C-17s. The unit is based at Stewart Air National Guard Base outside Newburgh.

In addition, officers from the Air National Guard plan a series of exchange activities with South African military officers.

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