Amberley to house new C-17
IPSWICH’S RAAF Base Amberley will be home to another C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft after a formal order was made by the Federal Government.
Aerospace company Boeing said because of the immediate need for an additional airlifter, the US Air Force had approved the request for Australia to take delivery of its fifth C-17 in August.
That aircraft will join other C-17 Globemasters operated by the No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley.
The four current C-17s have been used extensively in recent operations, supporting Australian forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East and conducting relief missions in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
“Boeing thanks the RAAF, a C-17 customer since 2006, for its confidence in the airlifter’s capabilities,” Boeing C-17 program manager Bob Ciesla in a statement. “We salute the RAAF and its crews, who helped save lives in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. We are proud to serve as their partner.”