Boe­ing de­liv­ers 223rd C-17 Globe­mas­ter to US Air Force

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Boe­ing de­liv­ered the 223rd and last US Air Force C-17 Globe­mas­ter III air­lifter to­day, ful­fill­ing the pro­duc­tion con­tract more than 20 years af­ter the first de­liv­ery. The air­craft left Boe­ing’s Long Beach fa­cil­ity to fly to its as­sign­ment at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, where a cer­e­mony will mark its ar­rival.

The US Air Force was the C-17’s launch cus­tomer. Since the air­craft’s first flight Septem­ber 15, 1991, it has been the world’s only strate­gic air­lifter with tac­ti­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties that al­low it to fly be­tween con­ti­nents, land on short, aus­tere run­ways, and air­drop sup­plies pre­cisely where they are needed.

Boe­ing con­tin­ues to pro­duce C-17s for other cus­tomers around the world, and main­tain and sus­tain the air­craft through the C-17 Globe­mas­ter In­te­grated Sus­tain­ment Pro­gramme.

C-17s have been in­volved in con­tin­gency op­er­a­tions of all types, in­clud­ing fly­ing troops and equip­ment to Op­er­a­tion En­dur­ing Free­dom in Afghanistan and to Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom. The air­lifter also has been used in hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions around the world, in­clud­ing the Ja­panese and the In­dian Ocean tsunamis of 2011 and 2004, re­spec­tively; Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina in 2005; and the Haitian earth­quake of 2010. “C-17s are the work­horse for the US Air Force in war­time and in peace,” said Chris Chad­wick, Boe­ing Mil­i­tary Air­craft Pres­i­dent. “So while this is the last new C-17 to be added to the Air Force fleet, the mis­sion does not stop here. The C-17 de­liv­ers hope and saves lives, and with the Air Force in the pi­lot’s seat, it will con­tinue to do so well into the fu­ture.”

The C-17 holds 33 world records – more than any other air­lifter in his­tory – in­clud­ing pay­load to al­ti­tude, time to climb and short take-off and land­ing marks. It has ex­ceeded 2.6 mil­lion flight hours, play­ing an in­te­gral role in global strate­gic air­lift.

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