Final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III departs Long Beach assembly facility
The final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter at the company’s plant in Long Beach, California, departed on November 29, marking the official end of aircraft production in Long Beach.
With the completion of C-17 production, Boeing will continue the Globemaster III legacy, providing support, maintenance and upgrades to the worldwide C-17 fleet under the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) PerformanceBased Logistics agreement.
“This is truly the end of an era. It’s a sad day, but one that all of the Boeing employees and suppliers who have worked over the years building this great aircraft can be proud of,” said Nan Bouchard, Vice President and C-17 Program Manager.
The decision to end production of the C-17 airlifter was announced in 2013. Since the first C-17 took to the air on September 15, 1991, the C-17 fleets for the US Air Force and international partners have amassed more than three million flying hours supporting airlift of troops and large cargo, precision airdrop of humanitarian supplies and lifesaving aeromedical missions.