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McDONNELL DOUGLAS DEPLOYMENT TEAM PREPARES FOR CHARLESTON C-17 DELIVERY

 CHARLESTON, S.C., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Preparations for delivery of the first C-17 Globemaster III transport to an operational Air Force unit hit full stride here this week as McDonnell Douglas' deployment team finalized plans for parts, support equipment, engineering and technical data support.
 The 32-member group, part of McDonnell Douglas Transport Aircraft unit's Product Support organization, operates a Contractor-Operated Storage Site (COSS) that currently has more than 8,000 different spare parts in inventory. The group also has on hand all operational level and technical data support for buildup of the first C-17 squadron during 1993-1994.
 "We believe the C-17 will be the best supported weapon system ever introduced to the Department of Defense," said Tom Ryan, McDonnell Douglas vice president-general manager of C-17 Product Support. "Proof of our logistics support analysis and provisioning techniques will become apparent in the next few months as the Air Force learns to operate this versatile new transport and we play a vital support role."
 More than 225 line items of flight line support equipment are on hand in Charleston, including an automatic test equipment station and photometric bench. Also, all engine handling equipment and tools, three fault breakout boxes and a quick-access recorder ground processing unit are scheduled for delivery to Charleston in June before the aircraft arrives. This will provide the Air Force with full capability for all normal flight line maintenance tasks.
 In addition to the COSS staff, the deployment unit at Charleston, headed by Jim Kellim, includes configuration management, support equipment, technical order verification, transition and quality assurance.
 At the end of May, nine test program sets were delivered to the Air Force's 317th Field Training Detachment at Charleston Air Force Base for automatic test equipment training. These components, coupled with use of sophisticated computer-controlled automatic test equipment delivered earlier, supports maintenance training of Air Force personnel involved in C-17 avionics repair.
 Meanwhile, an Operational Support Center at McDonnell Douglas' Long Beach, Calif., facilities began expanded operations at the end of May. The center serves as the single point-of-contact within the company for all incoming field correspondence and incident reports involving C-17s in the field.
 The center coordinates support of aircraft maintenance, support equipment maintenance, technical order and repair needs that cannot be filled by government off-site locations. It also provides spares support for USAF KC-10 and C-9 aircraft.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Ramsey of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 310-522-2567/
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