The Air Force’s 221st C-17 transport touched down at JB Charleston, S.C., its beddown location, after a flight from Boeing’s C-17 assembly plant in Long Beach, Calif. Gen Paul Selva, head of Air Mobility Command, piloted the factory-fresh C-17 from Long Beach to Charleston on April 25. With this delivery, Boeing has supplied all but two of the C-17s that the Air Force has ordered, company spokeswoman Cindy Anderson told the Daily Report on Wednesday. Boeing is expected to deliver the service’s two remaining C-17s later this year, also to Charleston, according to AMC. The Air Force has ordered 224 C-17s in total, one of which the United States supplied to the multinational consortium of NATO and partner nations that operates three C-17s out of Papa AB, Hungary. That leaves 223 meant for the Air Force, said Anderson. Boeing supplied the previous C-17, the 220th in the series, in late March. The Air Force’s first C-17 entered the inventory in June 1993. (Includes Charleston photo caption by SrA. Dennis Sloan)
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.