Their primary mission is the provision of logistical support to the United States’ National Science Foundation facility at McMurdo Base as part of Operation Deep Freeze. In tandem with this they have provided support for numerous Christchurch charities, drawing largely on the widespread interest in the giant C17 Globemaster aircraft, and the ongoing local fascination with all things to do with The Ice.
The Globemasters have been flying in and out of Christchurch since 1999 and during that time the Airmen who fly them have raised many thousands of dollars for local, largely children’s, charities.
They run a small shop, from which they sell United States Air Force and particularly C17 themed items such as t-shirts, coins, posters, hats and stickers, and have undertaken many fundraising events in which tours of the cavernous Globemaster aircraft have loomed large. The Cancer Ward at Christchurch Hospital and Kids Can (Canterbury) have both benefitted from this plethora of generosity, as well as the NZ Red Cross, Kidney Kids of New Zealand, Cookie Time Charitable Trust, the Christchurch City Mission, the St. John Ambulance, and the Cholmondley Children’s Home. They have been most generous benefactors of Christchurch and Canterbury, as well as worthy and welcome ambassadors for their Service and their Country.