delivered the 223rd C-17 Globemaster III airlifter Thursday, the last C-17 of a production contract that it first received 20 years ago.
(Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.
The aircraft was delivered from Boeign's Long Beach, Calif., facility to its assignment at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.. Since first entering service in 1991, the C-17 has provided troop transport and air drops for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, the tsunamis occurring in the Japanese and Indian oceans in 2011 and 2004 and the Haitian earthquake in 2010.
"C-17s are the workhorse for the U.S. Air Force in wartime and in peace," said Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing's military aircraft division. "So while this is the last new C-17 to be added to the Air Force fleet, the mission does not stop here."
In addition to the 223 C-17s operated by the U.S., 34 are also operated by Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the U.K. and the Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO.
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