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Very First C-17 Globemaster Takes off into Retirement

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The U.S. Air Force's first C-17 Globemaster takes off into retirement from Edwards AFB in California. (www.youtube.com) More...

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KauaiGolfer
KauaiGolfer 1
That boggles my mind that they're already retiring C-17's. They still have C-5's, don't they?
jimquinndallas
Jim Quinn 1
Only 21 years old and they're retiring it? Wow! Seems crazy to me, especially after seeing the C-141 go on for years and years. In fact, I was in elementary school at Travis AFB when the first C-141's flew over before landing on their delivery flight in 1965 or so. I cannot believe that the C-17 didn't stick around a little longer.
dcrose1942
dcrose1942 1
Last count there were 10 C-5's parked wing-to-wing at Stewart Int'l Airport- Air National Guard facility- Newberg,NY. "The 105th Airlift Wing's mission is to provide peacetime and wartime inter-theater airlift operations using the C-5A “Galaxy” cargo aircraft." One hangar has an actual tail section of a C-5A protruding from the exterior wall, for show,of course. It's totally eye-catching.

gavin44
joe hoeft 1
i live in dayton and i saw T-1 land here, and it has been all over the skywrighter newspaper my dad works for the UASAF so he gets that paper every now and again. the T-1 is now sitting outside the restoration hanger approx. a mile from the main museum the restoration hanger also holds the famous "Memphis Belle" which is nearing completion.
Wingscrubber
Wingscrubber 1
It's only a test prototype - they're not retiring the active fleet. Although, that's probably quite a juicy cost-cutting initiative certain politicians would drool over, don't think that politicians won't stoop to rolling airplanes straight off the production line into the scrapheap!
preacher1
preacher1 1
They are keeping the later model C-5's, but they have either retired or in process of retiring the original A models.
delmonaco03
They fly to KBGR once or twice a week to do touch and go runs with them. It's quite a sight to see such a huge plane seeming to fly over about as fast as I can run.