Aardvark From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 55 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6537 times:
Does anyone have any idea as to when the first C17 begins assembly at Long Beach? I was told that it takes 3 months to assemble and as they will receive the first C17 by the end of the year I thought it would be getting close if not already on its way doen the line.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11909 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6449 times:
The RAAF will get one of the C-17A USAF production sloted airplanes build in October 2006. Then they get 2 slots in 2007, and 1 in 2008. The one pushed back USAF 2006 airplane will now be delivered in 2008.
StealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5555 posts, RR: 47 Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6350 times:
I was being facetious, in an era when any buyer of military hardware feels they know better and have to reinvent the wheel so to speak thus leading to a/ cost blowouts b/delays c/reduced capability(in most cases) The RAAF is making (I believe) the only sensible modification... Painting Royal Australian Air Force on the side of them...
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
Ozair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 755 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5939 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 3): I thought the RAAF C-17s were the same standard as the current block of USAF C-17As. That is why they were able to get those USAF production numbers. Is that not true?
I am sure you will see integration of an AEW package down the line. There is a package currently being developed for the C-130 aircraft that I think will migrate to the C-17 but I see no need for anything else.
Wouldn't it have been nice to see a C-17 land in Dili yesterday. Can the runways of alot of our near neighbours handle this sized aircraft. Considering the deployments we have seen to the Solomons and to East Timor recently the ability to drop in twice as many troops in one hit will be greatly appreciated.
Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6992 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5329 times:
Quote: KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 (Bernama) -- The first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has rolled out of the company's paint hangar in Long Beach, Calif., and has begun preparations for its first flight, scheduled for later this month.
"The C-17 will give Australia a new global airlift capability, significantly enhancing our ability to support national and international operations, and major disaster rescue and relief efforts," said Australia's Acting Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn.
"All of Australia is looking forward to delivery of this new capability and seeing it quickly commence operation. The C-17 will meet the vital airlift needs of the Australian Defence Force over the next 30 years."
TSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5135 times:
Yeah thanks for that too. Couldn't find anything in the Australian media strangely enough.
Quoting Ozair (Reply 10): A no nonsense purchase of a much needed capability, if only they were all this easy!
Yes interesting when you purchase something that is still advanced and capable (compared to anything in that market) as the day it was rolled out yet from a very mature production line. If only one could apply this sort of procurement argument to the Raptor instead of the JSF?
N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6343 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4858 times:
Quoting Papoose (Reply 16): We can buy directly or at least assemble them here as done with the AV-8Bs, without participate to the developement and avoiding to spend so much money; money wich can be spent better...
You do realize that the F-35 is a significantly more capable airframe than the Eurofighter, right? They are not really comparable.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' T.Roosevelt
Papoose From Italy, joined Sep 2006, 28 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4853 times:
I realize that for my country is very difficult to afford such a cost in this moment.
Even if I agree that the lightning II is -will be- more capable in the A/G role I think that typhoon, except for the stealth is a very capable and probably more capable in the future multirole platform. Anyway more than adapted for the Italian Air force for many years.
Venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4735 times:
ANy other country that wants C-17's better poop or get of the pot. I bet if these planes were being built by Boeing Witchita there would be no talk of shutting down the line. I guess Boeing is desperate to get out of California and sell all its assets quickly to the real estate mad speculators. I bet the land that the Long Beach assy is sitting on is worth more than the factory or the planes it puts out.