The second Boeing C-17 Globemaster III for the United Kingdom became Royal Air Force property today, less than one month after the first aircraft was delivered.
This second aircraft, UK2, was accepted by Air Commodore David Vass, Air Transport, Air-to-Air Refueling, 2 Group, Headquarters Strike Command, RAF, from the Boeing C-17 production facility here. UK1 was delivered to the RAF on May 17. The airplanes are stationed at RAF Brize Norton, west of London.
This is the second of four aircraft to be delivered to the United Kingdom. The aircraft are leased under a seven-year contract with two separate one-year term extensions available. The remaining two aircraft in this contract will be delivered in August.
Under its multi-year contract with the U.S. Air Force, Boeing has currently delivered 73 C-17 aircraft to the USAF. The USAF has ordered 120 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.