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News: Picture: RAAF C-17 conducts paratroop trials

By Gary Parsons on 23 April 2010, 08:53

The RAAF has conducted the first paratroop trials with the C-17 outside of the USA.

April 22: Members of the Australian Army's No. 176 (Air Dispatch) Squadron have been delivered by a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III to Rickaby's Drop Zone, near RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales in a series of multiple jumps on April 21.

It is believed to be the first paratroop trials with the C-17 outside of the USA. The RAAF’s No.36 Squadron operates four C-17A Globemaster IIIs, each of which can carry up to 102 paratroops.

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