Stephanie McGeary / @ 11:59 a.m. / News

Elon Musk’s Team Stopped at Humboldt County Airport to Collect Rescue Pods From Local Inflatables Company On Their Way to Thailand Cave Rescue


Elon Musk’s private plane at Arcata Airport. Photo by Greg Bickel

Tech Billionaire Elon Musk’s private plane stopped at the Humboldt County Airport last night on its way to a daring rescue in Thailand. Musk sent engineers from SpaceX and Boring Company to retrieve inflatable pods from Arcata-based company Wing Inflatables for use in the rescue of a soccer team trapped in a Thailand cave.

The group of 12 boys and their coach became trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non  cave in Northern Thailand on June 23, following a flash flood. Pressures have been mounting, as rescue teams have been trying to navigate this difficult situation for nearly three weeks.

Musk recently came up with a creative strategy for rescuing the group, involving creating an inflatable air tunnel, which he has been tweeting about for several days.

According  a Times Standard article, Wing Inflatables was contacted by SpaceX to manufacture inflatable pods for use in the rescue. The Wing team started working on the project at 5 a.m. Friday and they were being shipped out of the Arcata Airport less than 24 hours later.

The Outpost was sent some closeups early this morning of Musk’s Gulfstream G-650ER, which stopped off in Humboldt to load up the pods Friday night.

Good wishes for a safe journey and successful rescue!

Photo by Greg Bickel


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