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C-17 COMPLETES 400TH FLIGHT TEST MISSION

 EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force/McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster fleet recorded its 400th mission May 20, 1993, as the flight test program here continues to accelerate.
 On May 11, a C-17 flew its longest mission to date -- 8.4 hours -- exceeding the previous C-17 record of 8.3 hours. P-2, the second production aircraft, flew the record mission. Two days later, P-2 flew an 8.2 hour mission, third longest in the test program to date. P-2 is demonstrating range and payload performance for the C-17 fleet.
 So far during May, 32 missions have been flown, nearing the previous monthly record of 38 missions established in April. To date, C-17s have logged a cumulative total of 1,434 hours of test flying.
 On May 19, the second and third palletized airdrops from a C-17 were successfully accomplished here. A single platform weighing 17,500 pounds was pulled from the C-17's huge cargo opening at an altitude of approximately 2,500 feet above the ground. This air- dropped pallet was significantly heavier than the first C-17 palletized airdrop of 6,374 pounds on May 3. Four main chutes carried the nearly nine-ton load to the ground. On the same mission, a 5,000-pound pallet was successfully airdropped.
 P-1, the first production C-17, is being used in air delivery system tests. Some 100 airdrops will be accomplished culminating with a 60,000-pound load prior to actual equipment drops from the C-17.
 Meanwhile, T-1, the first test aircraft, is being used in high- angle-of-attack testing. P-4, the fourth production C-17, is being used to train air crews for the Air Mobility Command.
 P-3, the third production aircraft, has completed hot and cold weather testing in the climatic hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and will return to the flight test program at Edwards. P-5, the fifth production C-17, has completed electro-magnetic radiation testing at the Patuxent River, Md., Naval Air Test Center and will undergo simulated lightning strike tests beginning in June.
 In June, P-6, the sixth production aircraft, will be the first C-17 delivered to an operational Air Force unit, the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Ramsey of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 310-522-2567/


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