d. Air shipments. Air shipment may be made at US Army/Air Force airfields, at heliports, and at ammunition
sling-out areas. Air terminal operations at Air Force airfields are controlled by the Air Force. Transfer
points operated by the field Army are controlled by the Army transportation service, with technical
assistance from the supporting ammunition supply units. See TM 38-250.
The airfield should have a staging area where documentation may be prepared, and where bulk
shipments can be received and prepared for shipment. Air shipments are preplanned by weight,
cube, and compatibility for each aircraft. Documentation may be prepared in advance for each
aircraft. Wherever possible, motor vehicles are loaded and moved to the airfield to arrive at the
same time that aircraft are made available for loading. Normally, vehicles are escorted to the
aircraft by an Army or Air Force guide. It is the responsibility of the aircraft commander and load
master or crew chief to supervise the stacking and lashing of the cargo.
For helicopters, loaded cargo nets must be placed in the landing area so helicopters can hover to
pick them up. Cargo nets may be loaded at the ammunition supply facility and transported to the
airfield, or the cargo nets may be loaded at the airfield.
Each pallet of ammunition to be shipped by military or commercial aircraft must have a DD Form
1387-2 (Special Handling Data/Certification) or facsimile to show that the shipment complies with
the provisions of TM 38-250 or Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49. The document must be
signed by a qualified individual who has successfully completed the Special Handling
Data/Certification Course. The original DD Form 1387-2 or facsimile must be attached to the
number-one pallet of the shipment. Distribution of three additional signed copies of DA Form 1387-
2 are: one copy enclosed in waterproof bag and attached to the number-one pallet, one copy given
to the air terminal records section, and the final copy attached to the air cargo manifest.
Subsequent pallets in the shipment, if they are the same type of item and are shipped under the
same transportation control number, must have a completed but unsigned DD Form 1387-2 affixed
to each additional pallet.
For specific requirements and standards for air shipments regarding aircraft specifications, operating
regulations, loading and unloading procedures, and special handling certification, see TM 9-1300-
206 and TM 38-250.
e. Trailer transfer points. A trailer transfer point (TTP) is between the point of origin of supplies and the
destination where supplies are offloaded from one means of transportation to another. Examples are the
transfer of Class V supplies from railcar to cargo truck or from cargo truck to aircraft. Normally, TTPs are
the responsibility of the transportation service. However, technical advice and assistance from
ammunition surveillance and/or other qualified personnel may be required of the supported ammunition
units when transferring Class V items. TTPs should not be confused with ammunition transfer points
(ATPs), which are in the forward areas and are operated by forward support battalions (FSBs) and direct
support (DS) ammunition companies.
6. Shipping regulations and documents. A major portion of ammunition shipments is understanding the
applicable regulations which govern CONUS and OCONUS ammunition and explosives transportation, and
preparing the required documents. These regulations/documents fall into four categories, as shown below.
a. Federal regulations (non-DOD):
Department of Transportation (DOT).