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Originally posted by Canada_EH
Boeing was very good to Canada in the same way they are sending the planes to Aus. The planes will be sent in from some of the current builds in the Boeing line. The first arrives in Aug so I assume its on the line right now.
Four crews per aircraft are being trained – 32 pilots, 24 loadmasters, 10 maintenance management staff and 96 technicians have been selected for the C-17 initially. Air movements and aero-medevac personnel began their training in late February.
“It’s a phenomenal plane. They have simulators for every part of the aircraft, which makes our training so much easier. The first time that big plane lands in Afghanistan to bring our ground troops their supplies, is going to be a really great day,” says Master Cpl. Desaulniers, who moves on to his seasoning training at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington in May and June.
The first C-17 Globemaster III to be based in Canada rolled out of the Boeing factory on its way to the paint hangar June 16 at the Long Beach, Calif. assembly facility. Canada's first C-17 airlifter is scheduled for delivery in early August to its new home at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario.
Boeing painters will apply distinct Canadian aircraft markings on the C-17 as well as the traditional gray base paint used on all Boeing C-17s. The paint scheme includes the word "Canada", the Canadian flag, and a maple leaf. The jet will also display the Canadian Forces signature "Canadian Forces ... Forces canadiennes".
It was a three-hour and 45-minute flight into Canadian aviation history on Monday afternoon as Canada One, the first of four new C-17 Globemaster IIIs Canada has on order from Boeing, took its first flight.
The first Canadian C-17, with the Maple Leaf and giant Canada word mark emblazoned on its fuselage, took off at 3:36 p.m. for its maiden flight from Long Beach, California Airport.
Monday's first flight for Canada One had special significance for Mr. Brown. His mother, Penny's, side of the family is Canadian -- natives of Alberta. And his grandfather, Bruce, is a retired aviator who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a squadron leader who flew Boeing-built B-24s and B-17s. Mr. Brown himself has visited Canada about a dozen times.
Originally posted by SteveR
Four stinger missiles and those pretty toys are garbage.