September 13, 2013
Boeing fulfills US Air Force C-17 production contract with 223rd delivery
Boeing delivered the 223rd and last U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter on September 12th, fulfilling the production contract more than 20 years after the first delivery. The aircraft left Boeing’s Long Beach facility to fly to its assignment at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The Air Force was the C-17’s launch customer. Since the aircraft’s first flight Sept. 15, 1991, it has been the world’s only strategic airlifter with tactical capabilities that allow it to fly between continents, land on short, austere runways, and airdrop supplies precisely where they are needed.