Sky high hope for trans­porter

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

AUS­TRALIA is hop­ing a fifth C-17 Globe­mas­ter long-range trans­port air­craft could be avail­able for de­liv­ery this year. But with Boe­ing’s C-17 pro­duc­tion line fully booked with or­ders out to 2013, Aus­tralia could have to con­vince an ex­ist­ing cus­tomer such as the US Air Force to give up one of its or­dered air­craft. De­fence Min­is­ter Stephen Smith an­nounced on Mon­day the gov­ern­ment was con­sid­er­ing buy­ing an ex­tra C-17. He said the C-17s had proven ex­tremely use­ful in re­cent re­lief op­er­a­tions.

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