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C-17 LOGS 37 TEST MISSIONS IN MARCH

 EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force/McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III transports flew 37 missions for a total of 120.8 flight test hours during March, the highest mission total and third highest monthly flying hour total since the flight test program began.
 To date, the flight test fleet has flown 1,144.4 hours on 329 missions. The March flight test hours were recorded by four test aircraft, T-1, P-1, P-2 and P-4. P-3 has been at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where it has been undergoing climatic testing since last year, and P-5 is at Patuxent River, Md., Naval Air Warfare Center for electromagnetic radiation and lightning tests. P-5 flew two missions for 10 hours during March, figures not included in the flight test total.
 The highest number of month-long cumulative flight test hours is 140.9 hours during 35 missions flown in September 1992. The second highest month for flight test hours was November 1992 with 130.7 hours on 37 missions -- the same number of missions as flown this March.
 Meanwhile, at McDonnell Douglas' Long Beach, Calif., assembly facilities, P-10, the tenth production C-17, has moved to major join. The fuselage sections and wings for P-10 were moved into the Nicholson tool with 95.1 percent of scheduled work completed "in position." This compares to 31 percent of work done in position on P-1, the first production aircraft, and signifies a marked improvement in manufacturing efficiency.
 The four aircraft comprising production lot III -- P-7 through P-10 -- are now either past or in major join at the McDonnell Douglas facility. There are 10 aircraft in various stages of assembly, with work on P-15 already started.
 At Eglin Air Force Base, the first phase of cold weather testing -- with P-3 subjected to temperatures as low as -40 degrees F -- has been completed. High temperature/high humidity testing, with temperatures up to 120 degrees F, has begun.
 P-5, the sixth C-17 to fly, has started electromagnetic radiation testing, which will be followed by lightning strike tests. To date, P-5 has flown five missions for 19.1 hours.
 -0- 4/2/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Ramsey of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 310-522-2567/


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