Photo: Boeing/Gina Vanatter
7/25/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- The first of four Boeing
C-17 Globemaster IIIs for the Canadian Defense Forces
took flight for the first time Monday, a major
milestone leading to the aircraft's delivery on Aug.
8. With a takeoff weight of 460,000 pounds, (208,650
kg), the advanced airlifter lifted off from Long
Beach, Calif., at 3:36 p.m. Pacific time, and flew for
three hours and 45 minutes.
Led by Boeing production pilot Joel Brown, the
seven-person crew put the C-17 through a series of
functional checks, flying west over the Pacific Ocean,
before returning to the facility where Boeing
assembles and tests C-17s prior to delivery.
"For a first flight, we thought it performed
exceptionally well," said Brown. "But our expectations
are always high that the C-17 will perform well."
"We're looking forward to providing this world-class
capability to our new customer, on time and on
budget," said Dave Bowman, vice president and C-17
program manager. "The C-17 program continues to
deliver on its commitment to execute flawlessly and
deliver C-17s on time with the quality and reliability
that has made the C-17 the best airlifter the world
has ever seen."
Source: Boeing Press Release