The C-17 Globemaster III is a foremost cargo plane for the U.S. Air Force. The first C-17 Globemaster III was basically hand-built by McDonnell Douglas. It flew its first flight on September 15, 1991 with a life expectancy of five years. After 20 years, it finally flew its retirement flight to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. It is expected that the C-17 will be put in a public display the museum’s Air Park this summer.
“This aircraft will serve as the representative C-17 airframe in the museum’s collection, allowing us to share with the public more of the story of the demanding airlift missions facing today’s Air Force,” Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Hudson, the museum’s director, said in an Air Force report.
When McDonnel Douglas merged with Boeing, it continued the production of C-17 Globemaster III. The aircraft had been rebuilt and refurbished over time which allows it to support other flight and propulsion test programs for the U.S. Airforce, NASA and other agencies. The first C-17 Globemaster III also dabbled in pop culture. It had appeared in the Emmy Award-winning production of “American Soldier” by country singer Toby Keith and in five movies namely “Transformers,” “Iron Man,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Iron Man 2″ and soon to be released “Superman: Man of Steel.”
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News source: http://www.seattlepi.com
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