One of three C-17A Globemasters of the the NATO/EU Heavy Airlift Wing, taking off from Linköping-Malmen in Sweden (Image © Marcel Burger)

Boeing builds 15 extra C-17s, but to whom?

One of the ,,international customers'' of the C-17 is the NATO Heavy Airlift Wing at Papa in Hungary  (Image © Marcel Burger)
One of the ,,international customers” of the C-17 is the NATO Heavy Airlift Wing at Papa in Hungary (Image © Marcel Burger)

Boeing confirmed it will build another 15 C-17 Globemaster II strategic airlifters, but doesn’t say who will buy them. Then if no new customers stand up, the production line will close in 2015, says vice president Nan Bouchard of the aircraft manufacturer to the American press agency AP.

Mr. Bouchard did say two of the additional 15 Globemasters will go to an ,,international customer”, but doesn’t mention who that might be. It is unclear which operator will fly the remaining 13. Officially Boeing thinks to sell them in due course of time.

If one includes the seven Indian Air Force C-17s the factory in Long Beach, California, is still working on a total of 22 aircraft, together with Boeings personnel in Mesa (Arizona) and St. Louis (Missouri).

The last of the 310+ million dollar costing 223 C-17s to the US Air Force was delivered last week, with another 34 flying with other air forces.

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