Apr 2, 2015

Canada receives fifth and final C-17 airlifter

The Royal Canadian Air Force has received into service its fifth and final C-17 (CC-177) strategic transport aircraft.
Aircraft serial number 705 touched down at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton, Ontario, where it will join the other four aircraft operated by 429 Transport Squadron, 8 Wing.
According to the RCAF, the fifth aircraft's arrival will extend the fleet's service life by a further seven-and-a-half years, and will also increase the chances of having an aircraft ready for use at any one time to over 90%.
RCAF C-17s are currently engaged in resupplying the country's Operation 'Impact' mission against the Islamic State in Iraq (and soon in Syria), as well as Operation 'Reassurance' in Eastern Europe.

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