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C-17 COMPLETES FIRST HEAVY AIR DROP

 EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The first heavy air drop from the new U.S. Air Force/McDonnell Douglas Globemaster III transport was successfully accomplished here May 3 when a loaded platform weighing 6,374 pounds was dropped from an altitude of 2,000 feet above the ground.
 The drop marked the beginning of a test program of some 100 airdrops culminating with a 60,000-pound load, prior to actual equipment drops from the new airlifter, said Ted Venturini, C-17 chief loadmaster for McDonnell Douglas. This week's palletized air drop was preceded by drogue chute and tow tests which measured forces exerted on the loads.
 The successful drop of the eight-foot platform from P-1 (the first production C-17) was executed by a 15-foot drogue chute which pulled out a 15-foot extraction chute. Two 100-foot diameter cargo parachutes carried the test load to the ground, where it landed within the center of the drop range.
 "This drop was a successful launch of the test program for heavy air drop. The preliminary work is now 60-70 percent complete. The test load landed right where it was supposed to," Venturini said.
 Other crewmembers on board the flight were M/Sgts. Bill Yeary and Henry Hoffman, USAF loadmasters; Paul Harvelle, loadmaster, McDonnell Douglas; pilots Ray Narleski, McDonnell Douglas, and Maj. Butch Johnston, USAF; and Jeff Hults, flight test engineer, McDonnell Douglas.
 Paratroop dummy drops and bundle drops simulating paratroop equipment have also been accomplished by the C-17 leading up to actual paratroop drops this summer.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Ramsey of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 310-522-2567/


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