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NEW! Boeing C-17 Globemaster accidentally landed on a short runway at Peter O. Knight in Tampa, FL

A Boeing C-17 Globemaster accidentally landed on a short runway at Peter O. Knight in Tampa, FL this afternoon.  The plane was planning to land at MacDill Air Force Base, four miles away.

 

Previous milestones for C-17 Globemaster

(via Boeing.com)

(boeing.com)

August 8 - Boeing joined the U.S. Air National Guard (ANGB) at Stewart Air National Guard Base to commemorate the base’s transition to the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter. Stewart ANGB, home of the 105th Airlift Wing, previously flew the C-5A Galaxy and is the latest Air National Guard unit to transition to a fleet of C-17 aircraft.

July 29 - Boeing delivered a third C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence at the C-17 program’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. To modernize its airlift capabilities, the UAE will take delivery of one more C-17 this year and two in 2012.

July 26 - Boeing joined the U.S. Air Force at Joint-Base Lewis-McChord to help dedicate a C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the members of the U.S. armed forces who have received the Medal of Honor.

July 9 - Boeing, US Air Force Reserve welcome C-17s to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Wright-Patterson, home of the 445th Airlift Wing, previously flew the C-5A Galaxy and is the latest Air Force Reserve Command unit to transition to a fleet of C-17 aircraft.

July 7 - Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force’s 211th C-17 Globemaster III during a ceremony at its Long Beach final assembly facility. P-211 is now assigned to the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

June 15 - Boeing announced that India’s Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The Foreign Military Sale establishes India as the C-17′s largest international customer.

June 10 - Boeing delivered a second C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence today at the C-17 program’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. The company is contracted to deliver a total of six C-17s to its UAE customer — four this year and two in 2012.

May 12 - A U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane delivered the heat shield, back shell and cruise stage of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The heat shield and back shell together form the aeroshell, which will encapsulate the mission’s rover and descent stage.

May 10 - Boeing delivered the first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters to the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence during a ceremony at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. The UAE will take delivery of three more C-17s this year and two in 2012 as it modernizes its airlift capabilities.

April 18 - Boeing announced that the Commonwealth of Australia has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire a fifth C-17. The Foreign Military Sale allows the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to expand its C-17 fleet as it faces an increased demand for humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

April 14 - Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force’s 210th C-17, which now operates out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

March 25 - Royal Australian Air Force C-17 providing support to relief efforts in Japan under Operation PACIFIC ASSIST returned home following nearly two weeks of humanitarian assistance to earthquake and tsunami affected regions. During 12 days of operations, RAAF C-17s made a total of 31 landings at Japanese airfields to deliver over one million pounds of cargo including pumps to douse the Fukishima nuclear power plant, food and water, vehicles, and personnel and equipment to assist with the disaster relief effort.

March 23 - USAF C-17s continue to support recovery efforts in Japan. To date, The USAF have completed more than 225 missions, transporting more than 2,800 passengers and 4.2 million pounds of cargo in support of Operation Tomodachi.

March 22 - Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force’s 209th C-17. P-209 is now assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

March 12 - C-17s from the U.S. Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force responded to Honshu island, Japan, to support search and rescue efforts following an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that killed more than 10,000 people and left tens of thousands of residents homeless. The C-17s delivered search and rescue teams and generators.

February 28 - Due to ongoing political unrest in Libya, a Canadian Forces C-17 ferried a load of evacuees from Tripoli to Malta.

February 28 - Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith announced that the Royal Australian Air Force is considering adding a fifth Boeing-built C-17 Globemaster III to its fleet. Smith cited the recent earthquake in Christchurch and flooding in Queensland as examples of why C-17s remain an essential part of Australia’s capacity to respond to natural and regional disasters.

February 25 - Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force’s 208th C-17 Globemaster III during a ceremony at its Long Beach final assembly facility. The advanced airlifter is assigned to the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.

February 9 - The C-17 Globemaster III was recently certified for unlimited usage of hydroprocessed blended biofuels known as Hydrotreated Renewable Jet fuels (HRJ). The certification makes the C-17 the Air Force’s first platform to be fully certified using an HRJ blend.

February 3 - Boeing delivered the US. Air Force’s 207th C-17 Globemaster III during a ceremony at its Long Beach, Calif., final assembly facility. The advanced airlifter is assigned to Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.

February 2 - A 535th Airlift Squadron aircrew from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Unit One from Guam teamed up to drop a boat out of the back of a C-17 using the Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System recently.

February 2 - Royal Australian Air Force C-17s supported the evacuation of residnts and hospital patients in Queensland in advance of Cyclone Yasi. They also ferried food and household supplies on behalf of supermarkets to flood-stricken areas in Queensland.

(from Boeing.com)