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Boeing delivers first C-17 airlifter to Kuwait
February 17, 2014, 5:48 pm
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Boeing has delivered Kuwait's first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force's capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

"The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force," said Col Abdullah Al Foudari, deputy commander, Kuwait Air Force.

"With this airlifter we can more effectively participate in the operations we choose, transporting large payloads across long distances, flying at high altitudes in hot climates such as ours, and landing on short, unpaved runways."

Boeing has delivered 260 C-17s, including 223 to the US Air Force, and a total of 37 to Kuwait, Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the UAE, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.

A custom paint design distinguishes the Kuwait C-17 from the 259 others that have been delivered to customers around the world, Boeing said.

"When this C-17 arrives to deliver humanitarian aid or disaster relief anywhere in the world, people in need will know that the aid came from Kuwait," said Al Foudari.

Nan Bouchard, vice president and C-17 programme manager, added: "We welcome Kuwait to the global C-17 fleet with the knowledge that this aircraft elevates the Kuwait Air Force's airlift capabilities and also further strengthens Boeing's relationship with Kuwait."

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