The fourth C-17 Globemaster III for the Indian Air Force departs Long Beach, California. The aircraft wears reg. no. CB-8004. (Image © Boeing)

Fourth C-17 for the Indian Air Force

The fourth C-17 Globemaster III for the Indian Air Force departs Long Beach, California. The aircraft wears reg. no. CB-8004. (Image © Boeing)
The fourth C-17 Globemaster III for the Indian Air Force departs Long Beach, California. The aircraft wears reg. no. CB-8004. (Image © Boeing)

The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) fourth Boeing C-17 Globemaster III left Long Beach on October 19th for the delivery flight to India. The aircraft was seen at Brize Norton in the UK while on its way to India.

IAF’s C-17 number 5 will follow before the end of the year, with another five aircraft scheduled for 2014 to complete the contract according to Boeing. But the Indian Air Force is eying seven additional C-17s, which Boeing can easily provide since it is producing another 15 aircraft which have officially have not even been ordered yet. Question is, who gets the last seven?

Boeing has so far delivered 258 C-17s, including 223 to the U.S. Air Force and a total of 35 to Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. The C-17 officially entered Indian Air Force service on September 2nd, 2013.’

Source: Boeing / AIRheads↑Fly

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