Fi­nal Boe­ing C-17 Globe­mas­ter III de­parts Long Beach as­sem­bly fa­cil­ity

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

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.

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