Boeing completes C-17 Globemaster III contract with US Air Force
LONG BEACH. Boeing has fulfilled its 20-year contract with the US Air Force to deliver 223 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The strategic airlifter is able to fly between continents and deliver airdrop supplies, and has been used to transport troops in wartime and supplies in humanitarian efforts, such as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, respectively.
The C-17 has won 33 world records, including those for payload-to-altitude, short-takeoff-and-landing, and time-to-climb. The airlifter has surpassed 2.6 million flight hours, and has been in operation since 1991.
"C-17s are the workhorse for the U.S. Air Force in wartime and in peace," says Chris Chadwick, President of Boeing Military Aircraft. "So while this is the last new C-17 to be added to the Air Force fleet, the mission does not stop here. The C-17 delivers hope and saves lives, and with the Air Force in the pilot's seat, it will continue to do so well into the future."
Boeing continues to produce C-17s for other customers around the world.