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Strategic Airlift Capability’s C-17s Exceed 1,000 Missions

By Juliet Van Wagenen | September 3, 2014
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A Boeing C-17 in flight
Boeing C-17 in flight. Photo: Boeing

[Avionics Today 09-03-2014] Boeing achieved a 94 percent mission capable rate for more than 1,000 missions flown by the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) program’s fleet of three C-17 airlifters. During the five-year in-service period for SAC’s C-17s, Boeing has provided maintenance, engineering and spares.

SAC is a multinational strategic airlift effort involving 10 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries and two countries from the alliance’s Partnership for Peace program. The Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) at the Papa Air Base in Hungary operates the C-17s with more than 60 people supporting the effort.

“The Boeing team has been an important member of the SAC family from the start and contributes invaluably to the HAW flying safe missions for the nations,” said Royal Netherlands Air Force Col. Frank Rombouts, commander of the airlift wing.

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