Boeing delivered the first Kuwait Air Force C-17 Globemaster III to the Southwest Asian country on 13 February 2014. It fits the growing ambitions of the oil state.
“The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait Air Force upon delivery. “With this airlifter we can more effectively participate in the operations we choose, transporting large payloads across long distances, flying at high altitudes in hot climates such as ours, and landing on short, unpaved runways.”
A custom paint design distinguishes the Kuwait C-17, with registration KAF 342, from the 259 others that have been delivered to customers around the world.
“When this C-17 arrives to deliver humanitarian aid or disaster relief anywhere in the world, people in need will know that the aid came from Kuwait,” according to Col. Abdullah.
Boeing has delivered 260 C-17s, including 223 to the U.S. Air Force, and a total of 37 to Kuwait, 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.