A very secretive and little-known Air Force training program has been responsible for supporting and enabling special operation units and missions for many decades. Introducing the SOLL, or Special Operations Low-Level, program.

 

Origins of SOLL and the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Sometime in the late 1970s, the Carter administration decided that the U.S. needed a larger and better-suited airlift capability for its special operations missions.

The MC-130, which was used at the time, was a perfect insertion and extraction aircraft for a small group of commandos. Yet, the MC-130 had a limited cargo area and could not accommodate a larger number of troops. This had to be rectified.