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C-17 SETS MONTHLY FLIGHT TEST RECORDS

 EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Air Force/McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III transports set monthly records for flying hours and flight test missions during April, recording 38 missions and 158.8 flight test hours -- eclipsing the previous monthly flying hour mark by more than 17 hours.
 To date, the flight test fleet has flown 1,344 hours on 378 missions. The record April results were achieved by four test aircraft -- T-1, P-1, P-2 and P-4. Two more test aircraft, P-3 and P-5, are undergoing ground tests at bases in Florida and Maryland.
 Previously, the highest number of month-long cumulative flight test hours recorded was 140.9 hours during 35 missions flown in September 1992. Second highest month for flight test hours was November 1992 with 130.7 hours on 37 missions -- the same number of missions flown in March 1993.
 T-1, the first test aircraft, has begun Phase III of high angle- of-attack testing that includes stall warning evaluation. P-1, on May 3, successfully completed the first heavy air drop by dropping a platform weighing 6,374 pounds from an altitude of 2,000 feet above the ground. P-2 is continuing cruise performance evaluation and P-4 is being used to train Air Mobility Command pilots.
 At the Patuxent River Naval Air Warfare Center, Md., P-5, the fifth production C-17, successfully completed electromagnetic radiation (EMR) tests on schedule in April. Testing involved subjecting the aircraft to various radar frequencies to ensure that the Globemaster's systems operate properly. No anomalies were discovered that would require any changes in the C-17's avionics systems.
 Currently, P-5 is being prepared for the start of lightning strike tests to being in June. Non-conductive platforms are being set up around the aircraft and equipment is being installed to simulate lightning by striking the aircraft with electrical charges that return to a generator to complete the circuit.
 Meanwhile, in the climatic hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., P-3, the third production C-17, has been subjected to blowing snow for four hours and is being cold-soakd? at -40 degrees Fahrenheit for mission systems testing this week.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Ramsey of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 310-522-2567/


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