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Boeing - Fourth Royal Australian Air Force C-17

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: 19 January, 2008  (Application Story)
Boeing has delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) its fourth C-17 Globemaster III during a ceremony at the company's Long Beach, Calif., C-17 manufacturing facility.

'I am very pleased that our team has once again delivered to the RAAF a world-class airlift capability, on time and on budget,' said Jean Chamberlin, vice president and C-17 program manager, to senior RAAF officials and more than 1,000 Boeing C-17 employees in attendance. 'This is a great day for Boeing and demonstrates our commitment to design, build, deliver and support the world's greatest airlifter.'

'This C-17 is an impressive aircraft that will join with our three other C-17s to give Australia the kind of global airlift capability that we have never previously enjoyed,' said Australian Air Commodore Graham Bentley.

The aircraft features the 'Block 17' configuration – the most modern variant of C-17s built by Boeing, with upgraded software and avionics. The RAAF C-17 also has unique markings that differentiate it from U.S. Air Force C-17s. A black stallion on its tail identifies the airplane as part of the RAAF's No. 36 Squadron, an airlift unit based in Amberley, Queensland. A kangaroo on the aircraft's fuselage is part of the RAAF roundel, a distinctive emblem painted on military aircraft to indicate its nation of origin.

The aircraft joins three others delivered to the RAAF since late-2006. With the delivery of this new airlifter, the worldwide C-17 fleet now includes 171 U.S. Air Force C-17s as well as four in the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) and two in the Canadian Forces. The RAF and the Canadian Forces each will receive two additional C-17s this year. The U.S. Air Force is on contract to receive 19 additional C-17s by mid-2009.

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