Printer Friendly

EIGHTH PRODUCTION C-17 ACCEPTED BY U.S. AIR FORCE

 LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The eighth production C-17 transport and the third to join an operational unit was delivered to the U.S. Air Force Oct. 29 at McDonnell Douglas' facilities here.
 The newest C-17, called P-8, was officially accepted by the Air Force Plant Representative Office (DPRO) here and is being readied for a flight to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., where it will join the U.S. Air Force's 437th Airlift Wing. The wing at Charleston will field the first operational squadron of 12 C-17s.
 The first aircraft delivered to an operational Air Force unit was P-6, the sixth production C-17, which arrived at Charleston Air Force Base on June 14. P-7, the seventh production aircraft, was delivered to the Air Force on Aug. 26.
 The two C-17s previously delivered to Charleston Air Force Base have been used to train aircrews and maintenance and logistics crews. They have logged 23 missions and 148 flying hours since their arrival.
 Meanwhile, the six aircraft in the flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have flown 591 missions and accumulated 2,210 flying hours. The Combined Test Force at Edwards recently completed high-altitude, low-opening (HALO) parachute testing, with 16 Army and two Air Force combat-equipped parachutists jumping from a C-17 last Monday (Oct. 25).
 Completion of HALO tests cleared the way for beginning of paratroop airdropping using static lines. Plans call for troop airdrops of up to 40 paratroopers at Edwards beginning as early as the end of 1993. Next year, airdrops with more than 40 paratroopers will be conducted at the La Posa Drop Zone on the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.
 -0- 11/1/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Ramsey of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 310-522-2567/


CO: McDonnell Douglas ST: California IN: ARO SU:

MF-EH -- LA029 -- 9178 11/01/93 13:07 EST
COPYRIGHT 1993 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1993 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Nov 1, 1993
Words:306
Previous Article:TOYOTA AIDS FIRE VICTIMS WITH $100,000 RED CROSS DONATION
Next Article:NOVA CORP. OF ALBERTA - DIVIDEND NOTICE
Topics:

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters