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M1 TANK LOADED ON C-17 DURING FT. HOOD ARMY DEMONSTRATIONS

 FT. HOOD, Texas, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A U.S. Army M1 Abrams main battle tank weighing 130,000 pounds, was successfully loaded onto a new USAF/McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III transport at Ft. Hood today, highlighting loading demonstrations of outsized equipment at this huge Army facility.
 The M1 tank is the heaviest single piece of equipment loaded to date aboard the C-17, the nation's newest military transport, which is designed to carry large equipment, troops and supplies over intercontinental distances and land at small, austere airfields anywhere in the world.
 In addition to the tank, other large Army equipment has moved on and off the aircraft here during loading demonstrations designed to test the C-17's mission systems.
 "The reason we are building the C-17 is so we can take Army units and move them anywhere on short notice. The aircraft is sized so we can move people and equipment half way around the world and land on short, austere airfields," said Brig. Gen. Kenneth G. Miller, director, C-17 Systems Program Office, USAF Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, who observed the M1 tank loading.
 General Miller told a news media group observing the event that, "the C-17 is a great flying machine -- a world class performer. Now we are moving into the second major phase of testing -- the back- end' or missions systems. That's what we are doing here at Ft. Hood."
 P-4, the fourth production C-17, is being used for the Army loading demonstration. P-4, which is part of the Combined Test Force, flew from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Ft. Hood on Feb. 2 soon after it returned from a 2,786-nautical-mile non-stop, unrefueled flight from Edwards Air Force Base to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., carrying a 160,838-pound payload on Jan. 30.
 During more than two weeks of loading demonstrations at Ft. Hood, the C-17 has proven its ability to accommodate the Army's massive Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), its M110A2 self-propelled Howitzer -- weighing 62,500 pounds -- an Army 5-ton truck with pontoon bridge, and a helicopter load consisting of two AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, with rotor hubs intact, and three OH-58C Kiowa scouts.
 Loading demonstrations of Army equipment also included a 10-ton Oshkosh truck, a 2.5-ton truck and trailer, a 5-ton truck tractor pulling a 5,000-gallon semi-trailer, and a giant road grader.
 The loading demonstrations at Ft. Hood will be followed later this year by loading exercises of equipment at other Army facilies and Air Force bases throughout the United States.
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