RAF receives 8th C-17 Globemaster III
Boeing delivered the eighth C-17 Globemaster III to the Royal Air Force (RAF) on 18 May, 2012, during a ceremony at the company's final assembly facility in Long Beach, US. The delivery of the aircraft comes two months after the contract signing in March 2012.
The RAF C-17s are operated by 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton. The first RAF C-17s entered service in 2001 and have surpassed 74,000 flight hours, which, according to Boeing, is 15 percent above the projected rate.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) ordered additional airlifters for delivery in 2008 and 2010 and contracted for its eighth C-17 in March 2012.
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