An United Arab Emirates Air Force C-17A Globemaster III (Image © Boeing)

Two more C-17s for UAE, last aircraft in production

After a relatively quiet International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, there is some news to be reported after all: the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is buying two of the final Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft to be produced. The order was announced on Thursday 26 February.

The two aircraft come on top of of six C-17s ordered and delivered earlier. Value of today’s order is 618 million USD. The two C-17s now ordered, are among the very last C-17s to come of the production line in Long Beach, California. The last dozen or so Globemasters were built as white tails, meaning aircraft without specific customers. An unidentified customer for two of those was reported recently, which may very well have been the UAE.

Australia last year took up two of the white tails, with Canada also pondering a purchase on top of four aircraft already in service. Furthermore, New Zealand is said to be interested in a C-17.

Incidentally, 26 February also saw the mating of major fuselage parts of the 279th and very last C-17 to be produced. A text on the fuselage read ‘Ship 279, the Last One’.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): A United Arab Emirates Air Force C-17A Globemaster III (Image © Boeing)