Do these flights shut down on landing, or do a u-ey and take off again, keeping moving all the time?
We've all seen photos of Landrovers stuck up to axles in sand, I imagine if you bog an aircraft up to its belly it's a bit of a job to free it. But maybe not with several thousand HP of power in the donks.
I would think they'd have to at least come to a stop, if not shut down, to load/unload the cargo. Otherwise a tad hollow benefit of the training.
Obviously it works, I don't think I've seen a report of a marooned C130 on a beach. A couple in the Antarctic though
As long as they didn't whack anybody about the bonce with the ramp, everything should be sweet. Or is it part of a cunning plan to get them to reopen the runways at Chiv? The North Devon Link Road is a bit of a 'mare in the summertime.