Boeing joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base last July 9 to commemorate the base’s transition to the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter.
Wright-Patterson, home of the 445th Airlift Wing, previously flew the C-5A Galaxy and is the latest Air Force Reserve Command unit to transition to a fleet of C-17 aircraft. C-17s have provided airlift capability to U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and deployed on every major humanitarian mission in the past decade.
“Boeing is honored to welcome the 445th Airlift Wing to the elite group of C-17 operators that the world looks to for aid in times of crisis and troops rely on when they are called on a mission anywhere in the world,” said Boeing C-17 Program Manager Bob Ciesla.
“The C-17 continues to be the backbone of the U.S. Air Force’s airlift capability; the aircraft have successfully completed countless military and humanitarian missions during their years of service. We know that the men and women who serve at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base can count on their C-17s to continue to perform for many years to come.”
“Boeing’s support for the C-17 doesn’t stop when the aircraft is delivered but continues through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership (GSP),” said Gus Urzua, Boeing C-17 GSP vice president.
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