Canada To Get 5th C-17
The Royal Canadian Air Force will acquire a fifth C-17 to augment the current fleet of what the RCAF calls the CC-177 Globemaster III. General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff said, “The CC-177 fleet has proven to be an extremely effective fleet, one which enables large numbers of simultaneous operations even on short notice. Canada’s addition of a fifth aircraft increases the Royal Canadian Air Force’s flexibility and availability to respond to international or domestic crises.” Since being first deployed in 1983 the U.S. inventory now consists of 187 active duty, Air National Guard 12, Air Force 14. Unit Cost: $202.3 million (fiscal 1998 constant dollars). Other countries flying the C-17 include 8 at Brize Norton (UK), 5 Aircraft at Amberley (Australia), 3 NATO/SAC Nations (Papa AB, Hungary), 2 Qatar, 5 United Arab Emirates.
Photo: Sergeant Ron Flynn RCAF.