C-17 Globemaster first flew on September 15, 1991 and the first
production aircraft entered USAF service in June of 1993. The first
unit for the C-17, the 17th Airlift Squadron was declared operationally
ready in January of 1995. Since then, the C-17 has flown over 1 million
operational hours and maintains an incredible efficiency record. While
fighters and bombers are the airplanes that receive most of the
attention, the cargo aircraft are what keep the supplies coming and the
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