H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Nov 1, 2012 2:33 PM by The Associated Press

Military flies SoCal Edison trucks to East Coast

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - The military has begun flying Southern California Edison vehicles to the East Coast to aid in restoration of electricity knocked out by Hurricane Sandy.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the first of more than a dozen flights took off from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The utility had originally planned to move the vehicles across the country in a convoy, which would have taken longer.

SoCal Edison trucks are being loaded aboard big C-5 and C-17 transports, which can each carry four or five utility vehicles.

Utility spokesman Ray Hicks says the planes are headed for Steward Air Force Base in upstate New York.

Personnel to operate the equipment are flying separately.

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