The U.S. Air Force has taken delivery of its 223rd – and final – C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, the Pentagon announced Sept. 13.
The large, four-engine aircraft flew from Long Beach, Calif., where it was built, to Joint Base Charleston, S.C., where it was received Sept. 12 by the Air Force’s 437th Airlift Wing. There are now 54 C-17s at Charleston.
The C-17, which first flew in 1991, delivers troops and cargo to bases in difficult landing zones and has supported military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has also participated in humanitarian missions around the world, including the 2010 Haitian earthquake and the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
The Air Force was Boeing’s C-17 launch customer. The company continues to build the aircraft for other countries.
Besides the 223 C-17s delivered to the Air Force, 34 are flown by Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-nation, NATO-led Strategic Airlift Capability consortium, Boeing said.
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