Boeing delivers USAF C-17 training centre
Boeing has delivered the first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter training centre to the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as part of a $44 million contract awarded in December 2010. The contract will also see Boeing deliver C-17 Weapon System Trainers (WSTs) to McChord Air Force Base and Stewart Air National Guard.
The new WST will allow the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to cut costs by training pilots and loadmasters onsite, rather than having personnel travel to other bases around the country to keep up their certifications.
The Wright-Patterson facility includes a new and fully networked C-17 WST, a training management system, computer-based training devices, a core integrated processor task trainer and portable flight-planning devices. The new WST has the ability to be networked with other US Air Force WST devices around the world for cross-team mission training.
Wright-Patterson is home base for nine C-17s, and the air force contracting office for the Boeing C-17 training programme has been stationed at the base since the programme’s inception in 1989.
Boeing received an additional order for C-17 WST deliveries to Air National Guard bases in Memphis and Martinsburg, in December 2011. All deliveries are due for completion in 2014.
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