The Air Force’s C-17 transport fleet has surpassed two million total flying hours, less than 18 years since C-17 operations began, Air Forces Central officials announced. A C-17 operating from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, reached this flight-hour milestone for the fleet on Dec. 10 during an airdrop mission over Afghanistan. The Air Force has been operating C-17s since June 1993. Today the fleet size stands at 205 airframes, with delivery of the latest new-build C-17 last week to Charleston AFB, S.C., an Air Mobility Command spokesman confirmed to the Daily Report Monday. The Air Force has ordered an additional eight C-17s from Boeing and is authorized to acquire 10 more beyond that for an eventual fleet of 223. According to AFCENT, C-17s accumulated the first million flying hours by 2006 and needed only four years to amass the second million. (Bagram photo caption by SSgt. Christopher Boitz)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.