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News: RAF to get seventh C-17

By Gary Parsons on 18 December 2009, 12:23

Boeing confirmed that the UK has ordered a seventh C-17A.

December 17: Boeing confirmed that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered a seventh C-17A Globemaster III for the Royal Air Force.

"The RAF has an urgent need for additional airlift capability," said Robin Philip, Head of Commercial Air Support, MoD. "We know firsthand the capabilities and reliability the C-17 brings to every mission, and that's why we're adding another one to our fleet." The current RAF fleet has logged more than 50,000 flight hours to date.

The recently ordered aircraft will be delivered to 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire by December 2010.

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