Lynne Jungers has been thinking about this moment for the last two years.
The longtime Boeing Co. customer relations manager — who has seen former President Bill Clinton, the late Bob Hope and dozens of dignitaries visit the C-17 Globemaster III at its East Long Beach, Calif., assembly plant — is bracing herself for Thursday, when Boeing will hand over its 223rd and final C-17 to the U.S. Air Force. This last domestic military aircraft will head to Charleston, S.C., where the U.S. Air Force received its first C-17 two decades ago.
“To realize that this is the final one for our government, it’s emotional, it’s hard,” she said. “A couple of the folks that are coming here that were formerly on the team with me, I’ve kind of said (to them), ‘I want you to be there for emotional support.’ … I was here before that airplane was being built. It was a drawing on paper.”
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