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Lewis-McChord gets its 51st C-17 Globemaster

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on April 23, 2010 at 9:32 am |
April 23, 2010 9:48 am

You couldn’t blame airmen at Joint Base Lewis-McChord if they’re happily flapping their wings over this.

McChord Field’s newest C-17 Globemaster III landed this week, fresh from the Boeing factory in Long Beach, Calif.

It brings the McChord fleet of C-17s to 51, according to a news release posted on the 62nd Airlift Wing website.

A C-17 Globemaster III, piloted by Brig. Gen. Michael D. Kim, arrives at McChord Field this week./U.S. Air Force Photo by Abner Guzman

The C-17 is one of the military’s workhorse aircraft, delivering people and materials worldwide for war operations, humanitarian aid and scientific missions.

It’s the signature aircraft at McChord, flown by members of the 62nd and the 446th Airlift Wing, a reserve unit.

The oldest C-17 is also assigned to McChord, according to the news release. It was originally delivered to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. in 1993, but now bears the McChord tail flash,” the release said.

To see a slide show of the C-17, click here.

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