Blood Air Bridge

November 11, 2017: DART, Disaster Air Response Team, in conjunction with the American Red Cross conducted an exercise called “Blood Air Bridge” which transported (empty) boxes of Red Cross blood plasma from Brackett Air Field in Pomona to Santa Monica Airport. The scenario was for the drill was in response to a (simulated) major earthquake that struck during the night causing freeways and major streets to be blocked. Red Cross has a large blood processing facility is in Pomona which supplies approximately 70% of the blood in the area. For the exercise, eight planes flew to Bracket Air Field to pick up blood plasma which were air transported to the Santa Monica Airport. The purpose of the exercise was to show the value of airports to surrounding communities during times of disaster. For additional information: Dave Hopkins, Santa Monica Airport Association