Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Severly damaged C-17A flies again!

(Photos by Michael Carter)

United States Air Force (USAF) C-17A (P-189) 07-7189 returns to Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) on October 10, 2014 following a test sortie to "Shots Intersection" prior to her re-delivery to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, South Carolina.

The C-17A was involved in landing mishap at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shank, Afghanistan in early 2012. The aircraft sustained extensive damage to the landing gear, cargo floor, undercarriage, antennas, and main structural components and was dimmed a write-off by Boeing but the USAF insisted the aircraft be repaired and was done so at an estimated cost of $69.4 million. The Air Force is basically getting a new aircraft as she has all the new upgrades. 

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