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5th RAF C-17 delivered

Old 9th Apr 2008, 11:09
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5th RAF C-17 delivered

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Article from MOD site.

The RAF's fifth C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft flew into RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, yesterday, Monday 7 April 2008.


The C-17 being welcomed to RAF Brize Norton
[Picture: J Readshaw]

The new aircraft, ZZ175, arrived from the Boeing plant in San Antonio, Texas, where it went for additional work following the 'Fly Away' ceremony at Long Beach, California, in February 2008. ZZ175 has joined 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton and is the first C-17 of the five to be owned outright by the RAF, the previous aircraft having been operated under a leasing arrangement from manufacturer Boeing. However, as the lease terminates later this year, the other four aircraft will then transfer to full RAF ownership.
On arrival at Brize Norton the new aircraft was greeted with traditional plumes of spray from the RAF station's fire tenders and 99 Squadron's Standard was paraded and inspected by the Reviewing Officer, Air Marshal Sir Barry Thornton, the RAF's Chief of Materiel (Air), following a ceremonial flypast by a Tristar and a VC-10 aircraft from other squadrons based at Brize Norton:
"Since 99 Squadron has been operating C-17 in support of coalition operations, it has not been uncommon for three of the four aircraft to be all away in the operational theatre at the same time," Sir Barry explained. "Our theatres of operation are landlocked and surrounded by inhospitable terrain, which puts significant pressure on our aircraft. This fifth, and soon the sixth aircraft, will assist in alleviating this pressure.
"This additional aircraft will boost significantly the capacity of the airbridge. Over the past seven years the C-17 has proved itself to be an extremely rugged, reliable and capable platform."

The Reviewing Officer, Air Marshal Sir Barry Thornton (front centre), meeting the C-17's aircrew
[Picture: J Readshaw]

Sir Barry also said that the US Air Force had agreed that the RAF could "jump the queue" on the C-17 production line thereby making it possible to satisfy an urgent requirement in theatre backed up by a global support contract with Boeing which is "an example of a modern day partnership that is working extremely well".
The arrival of the new aircraft also marked the beginning of the transformation of RAF Brize Norton into the RAF's only tanker/transport Main Operating Base with new generation aircraft such as the C-17, A400M and A330 together with the C-130J Hercules which is due to move out of RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire when it closes in a few years time.
The aircraft was captained on its delivery flight by 99 Squadron Officer Commanding Wing Commander John Gladston. The co-pilot was Squadron Leader Paul Wyatt. Wg Cdr Gladston believes the Globemaster is "enormously important" to the RAF:
"It is the backbone of the operational airbridge we go into both operational locations (Iraq and Afghanistan) several times a week," he said.
C-17s frequently demonstrate their flexibility by carrying loads including up to three Warrior armoured vehicles, three Apache attack helicopters, 13 Land Rovers, a Chinook helicopter, or even Tornado F3 fighters, allowing the RAF to get the right equipment to theatre rapidly.



The C-17 being greeted at RAF Brize Norton with traditional plumes of spray from the station's fire tenders
[Picture: J Readshaw]

Among others to witness the new arrival were Air Marshal Iain McNicoll, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Operations, Air Vice Marshal Andy Pulford, Air Officer Commanding No 2 Group, Mr Tommy Dunehew, Program Manager - International C-17 from Boeing, and Mr James Evans, UK C-17 Integrated Project Team Leader, together with dignitaries and local government representatives from Oxfordshire.
The RAF's C-17 fleet has flown approximately for 41,000 hours since delivery, and in the five years up to the end of March 2008 these hard-working aircraft flew a total of 56,924 passengers and carried a massive 78,649,939 kilograms of freight, much of it to and from operational theatres.
The sixth C-17 is expected to be delivered to the RAF around the middle of this year.
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Old 9th Apr 2008, 11:34
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Oh goody!

There's a great bit of banter in that post!
I wonder how long until someone else spots it!
Far be it from me to sh1t stir!
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Old 9th Apr 2008, 11:44
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C-17s frequently demonstrate their flexibility by carrying loads including.........or even Tornado F3 fighters
That is just brilliant!

Full marks for whoever wrote that, and got it past everyone
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Which bit don't you believe AA? Far be it for me to point out I've flown quite a few F3's that have been resurrected after a jaunt in the back of a C-17...

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Are the new C-17's the same configuration/block as the original 4, or the avionics upgrade currently being produced?
One of the outstanding features of the RAAF acquisition was (surprise surprise) it went ever so smoothly, relatively cheaply and fast when we ordered bog standard USAF equivalent (ie no unique mods) aircraft.
Did the RAF do the same?
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Bingo!

AA.
Great spot. Knew it wouldn't take long!
Arty.
Not doubting that you can get an F3 in the back of a C17. Just doubting that it would ever get anywhere near an operational theatre!!
Ha ha. Boom boom (as Basil Brush used to say!).
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Second question - does anyone know the airframe fatigue design life for the C-17?
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Old 9th Apr 2008, 12:50
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Too true, not that I care any longer. Mind you it might get closer than a beach in North Wales....
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Touche!

Too true. Too true!
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Don't drop your guard however, you can never underestimate the Viet Taff. I seem to remember the sneaky little buggers kept finding my escape tunnels and filling them in...
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Arty

Duly noted!
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Old 9th Apr 2008, 15:46
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Lovely air-to-air of ZZ175 over the UK at the following.

http://forums.airshows.co.uk/cgi-bin...ST;f=9;t=45936

Cheers

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The Falklands are operational - aren't they?

Not that I was the 1st person to put an F3 on a C-17 or anything.
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C-17 Upgrade

The original fleet will start block upgrade shortly.
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On arrival at Brize Norton the new aircraft was greeted with traditional plumes of spray from the RAF station's fire tenders
OK Then.

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A bit OT for the thread but seeing as we're up to ZZ 175....

Anyone know what format will military aircraft reg numbers take when ZZ 999 is reached?

AA 1111?

AAA 111?
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"when ZZ 999 is reached?"

That's a bit optimistic isn't it? Surely it is IF ZZ999 is reached.
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Is this the one for spares?
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So now for 7 and 8.....
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BV,

I spent 2 years at the wrong end of the A5 so you have my utmost sympathy...............
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