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  • Boeing Prepares Australia's 1st C-17 maiden Flight

    The first Boeing [NYSE: BA] C-17 Globemaster III for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has rolled out of the company's paint hangar in Long Beach, Calif., and has begun preparations for its first flight, scheduled for later this month.

    "The C-17 will give Australia a new global airlift capability, significantly enhancing our ability to support national and international operations, and major disaster rescue and relief efforts," said Australia's Acting Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn. "All of Australia is looking forward to delivery of this new capability and seeing it quickly commence operation. The C-17 will meet the vital airlift needs of the Australian Defence Force over the next 30 years."

    Other than the aircraft's unique Australian markings, the new C-17 is identical to the U.S. Air Force C-17s that Boeing is now manufacturing. The black stallion on the C-17's tail identifies the airplane as part of the RAAF's No. 36 Squadron, an airlift unit that will be based in Amberley, west of Brisbane. The kangaroo on the aircraft's fuselage is part of the RAAF roundel, a distinctive emblem painted on military aircraft to indicate its nation of origin.

    "It's very exciting to see Australia's first C-17 become a reality so quickly," said Dave Bowman, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager. "Less than five months ago, Australia signed a Letter of Agreement with the U.S. government to acquire four C-17s, and we're on track to deliver the first one on Nov. 28. We are providing Australia a world-class capability in world-record time."

    The Australian C-17s will be "Block 17" aircraft, the most advanced variant in the worldwide C-17 fleet, which now includes 157 U.S. Air Force and four U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17s. The new Block 17 capabilities feature upgrades to the aircraft's combat lighting, formation flying capability and flight control software.

    The Australian aircraft will be the first international C-17 delivery since the RAF received its fourth C-17 in August 2001. After a welcome ceremony in Canberra, Australia's capitol city, the RAAF's first C-17 will arrive at RAAF Base Amberley in early December.

    More on this link: http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/...61010a_nr.html



    Great news. Amazed to see the aussy AF logo there before they shut the program down..
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    Very nice, lets hurry up and get Canada's stuff off the line

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    • #3
      Originally posted by YYZPICS
      Very nice, lets hurry up and get Canada's stuff off the line
      Wait for your turn. You'll probably get yours in 2012..
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      • #4
        Looks NATO will also take up 12/13.
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        • #5
          ^^ Interesting. In what order are they at ? Great to see the the Globemaster being ordered by Nato.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by MaxPower
            ...said Dave Bowman, Boeing vice president...
            Does Frank Poole work at Boeing too?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by twr75
              Originally posted by MaxPower
              ...said Dave Bowman, Boeing vice president..
              Does Frank Poole work at Boeing too?
              I believe he got fired a couple of months ago. Don't ask me why..
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              • #8
                Originally posted by MaxPower
                I believe he got fired a couple of months ago. Don't ask me why..
                Owing to a problem with fixing a transmitter on the outside of the building, I think.

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                • #9
                  Boeing Succeeded Australia's 1st C-17 maiden Flight

                  Originally posted by Michael J. Carter
                  Smokes the mains on Rwy 30 following a successful first flight.
                  Originally posted by Michael J. Carter

                  November 07, 2006
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                  Originally posted by Michael J. Carter


                  A little notice to all. Success on the first flight. One step closer to delivery to the Aussie AF.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MaxPower
                    Great news. Amazed to see the aussy AF logo there before they shut the program down..
                    Yeah well great news for Boeing. Terrible news for Aussie Tax Payers (including yours truly) whose Defence Department has yet again let us down by wasting our hard earned $ on outdated rubbish that everyone else has the sense to avoid. At least we're consistent at making shambolic deals.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by uy707
                      Looks NATO will also take up 12/13.
                      Alain
                      NATO has its own weapons? I had always thought that if NATO was involved in a conflict they would use the weapons of the countries within it.
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