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SIXTH PRODUCTION C-17 MAKES INAUGURAL FLIGHT

 LONG BEACH, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The sixth production U.S. Air Force/McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III transport -- the first scheduled to be delivered to an operational USAF unit -- made its inaugural flight here Saturday (May 8).
 P-6, the sixth production C-17 and the seventh C-17 to fly, took off from and landed at Long Beach Municipal Airport after a two-hour plus acceptance test flight. The aircraft commander was Bill Casey, McDonnell Douglas' chief C-17 test pilot, who also flew the inaugural flight of the first C-17 in September 1991. Co-pilot on P-6 was Capt. Doug Jamieson, USAF, and the loadmasters were Charles Jackson, McDonnell Douglas, and Master Sgt. Mike Cawthon, USAF.
 Further flights will be conducted at Long Beach prior to acceptance by the Air Force. This aircraft will be the first delivered to the Air Force's 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston, S.C., planned for June 14.
 P-6 will be the last aircraft delivered under the initial C-17 contract that includes full-scale engineering development, flight test, one test and two structural test aircraft and six production C-17s. McDonnell Douglas has completed 75 percent of assembly of the next contract lot of four aircraft, P-7 - P-10. Work has begun at the Long Beach assembly facility on P-16, the 16th production aircraft.
 Six C-17s are currently in the test program, with four Globemasters conducting flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base. Two additional C-17s -- P-3 and P-5 -- are undergoing ground tests at bases in Florida and Maryland. To date the flight test fleet has logged 1,379 hours on 386 missions.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Ramsey of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 310-522-2567/


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