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First Kuwaiti C-17 delivered

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 14, 2014

Kuwait has become the ninth C-17 operator. (Boeing)
Kuwait has become the ninth C-17 operator. (Boeing)

Kuwait has taken delivery of its first Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport.

The aircraft, painted in a striking gloss white over grey scheme, is the 260th C-17 to be delivered, and only the second to wear a scheme different to the standard drab dark grey after one of Qatar’s examples.

“The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait Air Force in a statement. “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.”

Kuwait joins existing C-17 operators Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the UAE, the UK, the US, and NATO.

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