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FIRST C-17 PASSES 200th FLIGHT HOUR MARK

 FIRST C-17 PASSES 200th FLIGHT HOUR MARK
 EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air


Force/McDonnell Douglas C-17 airlifter soared past the 200-hour mark during its 65th test mission here last Friday (May 8). A four-hour flight put total flight time at 203.4 hours.
 T-1, the first test aircraft, successfully completed three aerial refuelings with a KC-135 tanker during last Friday's sortie. The flight crew continued structural aerodynamic testing and landed at 478,000 pounds, the heaviest landing weight to date for the C-17.
 On the previous day, the C-17 flew at a 35 degree angle of attack and performed its first approach to stall, showing proper indications and a benign recovery.
 "Flight testing is moving forward at a strong pace," said Brig. Gen. Kenneth Miller, C-17 program manager. "T-1 has met or exceeded expectations in virtually every area of performance."
 Test plans this month include in-flight thrust reversing of the C-17's Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines plus opening of the cargo door in flight for the first time.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Ramsey of Douglas Aircraft Company, 310-496-5027/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas; U.S. Air Force ST: California IN: ARO SU:


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