Afghan Infant Born on US Airforce Evacuation flight from Kabul Named after Aircraft’s call sign ‘Reach’

  • Details on the flight with the pregnant woman on board
  • The significance of the baby being named “Reach”

A baby Afghan girl born during a United States evacuation flight has a unique name to match her unique birth story: She’s been named “Reach,” after the aircraft’s call sign, Reach 828. Reach was born August 21 in the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster plane shortly after it landed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. The family evacuated following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Once the baby was born, both the baby and mother were brought to a nearby medical facility where they are said to be in good condition. At one point during the journey, the pregnant woman began having complications and the pilot had to descend in order to increase air pressure aboard the plane which helped stabilize the woman and saved her and her babies life. In the picture below is a tweet from Air Mobility Command about the Afghan woman who gave birth.

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