Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The Royal Australian Air Force Received its First C-17
The first of four C-17 Globemasters ordered by the Aussies landed at Amberley, near Brisbane. For a mere $780 Million they're getting four of the best, most modern, most dependable airlifters in the world. I just wish they'd order a dozen more. It would help keep the C-17 production line going for us, and it would revolutionize the dilapidated Aussie airlift capabilities.
For a country with a landmass nearly equal to that of the US, they could use a good plane to get their forces around the country, and of course anywhere around the world.
I was lucky enough to have a friend give me a tour of the C-17 plant out in Long Beach last Summer. He showed me the Aussie bird under construction. Even without wings and engines, she was definitely a beauty mate.
Congrats to our RAAF brothers and sisters down south. It's nice to see them get a new toy to play with. Just be nice to her. And to the USAF Major who got the job as an exchange pilot to help train the Aussie pilots.... you suck.
The Commanding Officer of No.36 Squadron, Wing Commander Linda Corbould in front of her new baby... the C-17A Globemaster. Don't even think of asking her for a ride.
posted by El Capitan at 9:12 AM
Good for the Aussies!10:48 AM
I wouldn't want to ride her...she's ugly.5:10 PM
Maybe they should christen the first Aussie C-17 a "chazwazzer!"11:11 AM