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C-17 Globemaster III to Appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 22, 2006) — A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, a strategic airlifter cargo plane, will be a major attraction for aviation enthusiasts at EAA AirVenture 2006. The 54th annual EAA AirVenture fly-in, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, will be held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 24-30.

The airplane will be flown to Oshkosh from March Air Force Base in California by Lt. Col. Keith Guillotte. The nimble, utilitarian aircraft will arrive on Thursday, July 27, and depart Sunday, July 30, performing several flight demonstrations throughout its visit. When not flying, it will be on static display at AeroShell Square. It marks the first time since 2001 that EAA AirVenture has hosted a C-17.

"The plane itself flies like a tiny fighter, and it is extremely agile," said Guillotte, who has been a C-17 pilot for about 10 years and flew a C-17 to Oshkosh in 1997. "I love the plane. It's actually one of the best planes I've ever flown."

The C-17 is the most modern airlift aircraft in the Air Force's inventory, capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and cargo. It can carry virtually all of the Army's air-transportable, outsized combat equipment and is also able to airdrop paratroopers and cargo. Its design allows takeoffs and landings on runways as short as 3,000 feet and as narrow as 90 feet wide. The C-17 is a fly-by-wire aircraft, and has a stick rather than a yoke, which is unique for a heavy aircraft.

Globemaster IIIs are currently on a variety of missions, which include flying into Afghanistan, Iraq, and Jordan, extracting wounded soldiers from those locations and taking them to hospitals.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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