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UK's 7th C-17 Delivered  
User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3212 posts, RR: 26
Posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3926 times:
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While waiting for the other transporter, "The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] delivered the United Kingdom’s seventh C-17 Globemaster III to the Royal Air Force (RAF) today during a ceremony at Boeing’s final assembly facility in Long Beach."

article and pictures linked below
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1523

"The United Kingdom's fleet of C-17s has logged more than 60,000 flight hours, and this year supported humanitarian and disaster-relief missions to Pakistan, Haiti and Chile. Assigned to 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton near Oxford, C-17s provide critical airlift capability for the nation’s Joint Rapid Reaction Force. " (from article)

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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11929 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3827 times:

Quote:

The C-17 is the world's only tactical airlift aircraft with strategic capabilities that allow it to fly between continents and land on short, austere runways.

"The C-17 provides rapid-response capability for relief missions where no other strategic airlifter can land," said Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager.

You don't say...



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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3212 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3812 times:
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brings up a question as to what do they mean by "strategic" airlifter... or is this just some PR phrase?

User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6641 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3775 times:

How many more are the RAF going to get?

User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3212 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 3761 times:
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Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 3):
How many more are the RAF going to get?

one more due in 2011...


User currently offlineGalaxy5007 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

Quoting kanban (Reply 4):
one more due in 2011...

Could you provide a source on it being official? I know there was "talks" about an 8th jet, but nothing was official.

On another note; ZZ177 did not get delivered to Brize-Norton yet; its not going to until around the 23rd of December. It flew to Lackland yesterday to get outfitted with LAIRCM.


User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3212 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3407 times:
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I erred... a later news story correctly states that this is the last under the current contract... the eighth was not bought..

User currently offlineGalaxy5007 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3391 times:

Quoting kanban (Reply 6):
the eighth was not bought

Yet........  


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3284 times:

Quoting kanban (Reply 4):

one more due in 2011...

Not going to happen now. The latest 'defence review' cancels that order.



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