Thu, Jun 12, 2008
Completes Initial RAF Order
Boeing delivered the United Kingdom's sixth C-17 Globemaster III
to the Royal Air Force (RAF) this week during a ceremony at the
company's Long Beach, CA C-17 manufacturing facility. The delivery
completes the RAF's initial order for the advanced airlifter.
"We congratulate you not only on the acquisition of your sixth
C-17 Globemaster III, but also for the amazing accomplishments
you've had over the past seven years with the five already in your
fleet," said Jean Chamberlin, Boeing vice president and C-17
program manager. "The RAF has repeatedly demonstrated the C-17's
advanced capabilities in support of UK operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and by providing critical humanitarian aid in numerous
locations around the world."
The C-17 will operate out of RAF base Brize Norton near London,
home of the Strategic Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refueling
forces, and will provide critical airlift capability for the Joint
Rapid Reaction Force.
"Whether our C-17s are serving in combat or on humanitarian
missions, we know they are often the difference between life and
death," said Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Leeson, Assistant Chief of the
Defence Staff for Logistic Operations. "You've built a remarkable
airlifter that means so much to British military personnel as they
transit to and from operational theaters and to those in desperate
need of humanitarian aid in remote, hard-to-access sites around the
Unless a new order extends the production run, Boeing will stop
building C-17s by late 2010.
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