Boe­ing de­liv­ers 25th C-17 Train­ing Cen­ter to US Air Force


Boe­ing re­cently de­liv­ered a com­pre­hen­sive train­ing cen­ter for the C-17 Globe­mas­ter III air­lifter to the Mem­phis Air Na­tional Guard base in Ten­nessee, im­prov­ing the ser­vice’s train­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties while re­duc­ing travel, main­te­nance and other op­er­at­ing ex­penses.

The highly re­al­is­tic train­ing sys­tem pre­pares C-17 pi­lots and load­mas­ters for a host of sce­nar­ios, in­clud­ing so­phis­ti­cated mis­sion op­er­a­tions and emer­gency pro­ce­dures. Hav­ing that ca­pa­bil­ity on site means the 155th Air­lift Squadron no longer needs to send per­son­nel else­where for train­ing.

“The Boe­ing team en­abled us to in­crease train­ing ef­fi­ciency while re­duc­ing travel time, air­craft fuel and op­er­at­ing costs, which is an ex­tremely im­por­tant fac­tor dur­ing this era of in­creased fis­cal re­straints and tight­ened bud­gets,” said Maj. Joel Tay­lor, chief of air­crew train­ing for the 155th Air­lift Squadron.

The Mem­phis train­ing cen­ter is the Air Force’s 25th C-17 trainer and the fourth of five or­dered un­der a 2010 con­tract from the ser­vice. The fifth of those train­ing cen­ters will be de­liv­ered to Shep­herd Field Air Na­tional Guard Base in Martins­burg, West Vir­ginia, later this year.

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