JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCSC) - The U.S. Air Force's 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston has received its last C-17 Globemaster, 20 years after it got its first such transport.
Several high ranking officials flew the C-17 to Joint Base Charleston all the way from the Boeing Assembly Plant in Long Beach, California.
Since the first C-17 went into production, more than 223 C-17's have been produced and delivered to Air Force bases throughout the country, with more than 25% now calling Charleston home.
The delivery means there are 54 such planes at Charleston. It also marks the final delivery to the Air Force.
C-17s deliver troops and all types of cargo to bases in difficult landing zones in all types of deployment regions. C-17s also can perform airlift and airdrop missions and carry patients during medical evacuations.
Since 1993, some 223 C-17s have been delivered to the Air Force.