Joint Base Charleston gets new C-17

By Valencia

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV/AP) - Around 5 p.m. Thursday, Joint Base Charleston received its second to last C-17 Globemaster III.

"The C-17 represents our capacity to put combat power anywhere on the planet at the time of our choosing," said Gen. Paul Selva, U.S. Air Force Commander Air Mobility Command.

Twenty years ago, Joint Base Charleston was the first to given a C-17. Since then, the 224 C-17s have been produced and delivered to Air Force bases across the country.

"This aircraft is a little different than the older model airplanes like the 141," said Norman Moore, deputy for the maintenance group. "It's a lot of fly by wire, a lot of electronics. It takes a specialist out there that are trained to do this kind of work."

The aircraft is about 174 feet long with a wingspan of 169 feet and can perform airlift and airdrop missions.

"When we open that cargo door in the back of this airplane, what could be inside the cargo hold is help for people who need help or combat power to deliver a message to people who wish us ill," said Selva.

The last C-17 to be delivered in Charleston will arrive in September.