The Air Force’s first production C-17 garnered new laurels as the first Globemaster III to surpass 20,000 flying hours during a sortie from JB Charleston, S.C., Dec. 19. The Spirit of Charleston logged the milestone a little over 20 years after its delivery to Charleston on June 14, 1993, where it has been based ever since, according to the base release. “Aircraft 9192 has been around the world many times, for a variety of reasons, including many humanitarian efforts during natural disasters,” 437th Maintenance Group deputy director Norman Moore said at ceremony after the landing on Dec. 18. “Prior to an expected service life extension, a C-17 is estimated to fly 30,000 flight hours,” he noted. “It still has a long life ahead.” USAF retired its first C-17—development prototype T-1— to the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, last year.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.