Boeing has announced that the Ministry of Defence, UK, has signed an agreement for the acquisition of one C-17 Globemaster III, bringing the Royal Air Force (RAF) fleet of the world’s most advanced airlifters to eight. The aircraft is to be delivered later this year. The fleet of Globemaster III of the RAF had surpassed 50,000 flight hours in December 2009 when the UK announced its intent to purchase a seventh aircraft. By the time the seventh C-17 was delivered in November 2010, the fleet had logged more than 60,000 flight hours. The fleet has now surpassed 74,000 flight hours, a rate 15 per cent higher than that stipulated by the manufacturer. Boeing has delivered 241 C-17s worldwide, including 216 to the US Air Force. A total of 25 C-17s have been delivered to Australia, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. India has ten C-17 on order for delivery in 2013 and 2014.
Eighth C-17 Globemaster III for RAF
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