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UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:41 pm

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."

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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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RE: UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:37 am

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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.

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RE: UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:13 am

brings up a question as to what do they mean by "strategic" airlifter... or is this just some PR phrase?
 
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RE: UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:35 am

How many more are the RAF going to get?
 
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RE: UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:06 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 3):
How many more are the RAF going to get?

one more due in 2011...
 
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RE: UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:23 pm

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.
 
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RE: UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:59 pm

I erred... a later news story correctly states that this is the last under the current contract... the eighth was not bought..
 
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RE: UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:47 pm

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

Yet........  
 
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RE: UK's 7th C-17 Delivered

Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:28 am

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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