Sixth and final C-17A Globemaster at RAAF Base Amberley
THE sixth and final C-17A Globemaster III aircraft to come to RAAF Base Amberley was welcomed yesterday with a flypast over Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast by four C-17As, including the latest aircraft.
Each carried a different cargo load - an Abrams tank, a pair of Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, a medical team and equipment and four Bushmasters.
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare officially welcomed the new aircraft.
The delivery of this aircraft ahead of schedule was made possible by the United States' willingness to redirect an aircraft already in production for use by the US Air Force to RAAF.
Its construction was finished at the Boeing plant in California in October. The C-17A has deployed troops, vehicles, helicopters and cargo to Operations Slipper (Afghanistan), Catalyst (Iraq) and Astute (East Timor).