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Charleston Air Force unit to get new C-17 aircraft

Dec 9, 2010 5:14:00 PM - thestate.com
The Air Force at Joint Base Charleston is getting its second new C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft.

Air Force officials said the second of five such planes was being flown from Long Beach, Calif., by Lt. Gen. Allen Peck, the commander of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and was due to arrive Thursday.

Peck was to be accompanied by Col. Brian Robinson, the vice commander of the 437th Airlift Wing.

The arrival brings to 58 the number of such transports assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing.

The C-17 can transport troops and most large-sized equipment to main operating bases and at forward bases under difficult landing circumstances. The aircraft and crew also perform airdrop and medical evacuation missions.

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