USAF Celebrates 20 Years of C-17

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments by

By The Associated Press

The U.S. Air Force is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, its workhorse transport aircraft. A ceremony scheduled for Wednesday is being held at Joint Base Charleston’s Air Base in South Carolina.

Air Force spokesman Staff Sgt. William O’Brien says Col. Darren Hartford, the commander of the 437th Airlift Wing and Col. James Fontanella, the commander of the 315th Airlift Wing, are expected to address the speak.

There are 53 C-17s assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing. Since 1993, more than 200 of the aircraft have been produced and delivered to various bases throughout the Air Force. The C-17 delivers troops and cargo to points around the world on transport missions. It is also capable of airdrop missions and transporting patients on medical evacuations.

The event comes just months after the last USAF C-17, aircraft number P-223, rolled off the Boeing assembly line in Long Beach, Calif., for its inaugural flight to Joint Base Charleston.

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