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C-17 AIRLIFTER WINS ENGINEERING AWARD

 LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force/McDonnell Douglas C-17 airlifter program has been named winner of a 1993 Engineering Project Achievement Award by the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering (IAE).
 The engineering organization cited the program for the design, development and flight testing of the C-17, the nation's newest military transport aircraft. The award recognizes organizations "that during the past three years have brought to fulfillment engineering projects which, because of their scope or unique character, are outstanding and deserve merit," the IAE said.
 The C-17 was selected because of its complexity, use of new engineering techniques, its functional efficiency, the value of the work to the engineering profession at large and the social impact of the program, said Walt Aregger, president of the IAE. Also used as judgment criteria were the facts that the C-17 was brought to the operating stage during the past three years, and that its design and development was accomplished in Southern California.
 "We consider this award extremely significant, because it is recognition from our peers in the engineering community that the C-17 is an outstanding design, and that the aircraft in flight test operations is living up to its billing as the most advanced, cost- effective solution to our nation's airlift needs in this decade and in the next century," said George Field, vice president-general manager of C-17 Design and Test.
 Field will accept the award at an awards banquet in Long Beach scheduled for Feb. 19. He was honored previously by the organization in 1991 when he accepted the Project Achievement Award for design, flight test and certification of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 commercial airliner.
 IAE is an association of Southern California engineers and scientists formed to promote and encourage education in those fields. The 1993 awards will be presented during National Engineering Week, to be observed Feb. 14-20.
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