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UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

UAE to take delivery of three more of the large military transport aircraft this year and two in 2012

UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Major General Mohammed Bin Swaidan Saeed Al Gamzi (C) of the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence speaks with pilots after a handing off ceremony of the first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters at the Boeing final assembly facility at Long Beach Airport on May 10, 2011 in Long Beach, California (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The second of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence is being assembled at the Boeing assembly facility (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters built for the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence is prepared before taking off from Long Beach Airport (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
California Lieutenant Govenor Gavin Newsom speaks with Boeing customer relations specialist Lynne Jungers in front of the first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The UAE will take delivery of three more C-17s this year and two in 2012 as it modernises its airlift capabilities (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Boeing employee Dewanna Gipson holds United States and United Arab Emirates flags during a handing off ceremony of the first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters built for the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence is prepared before taking off from Long Beach Airport after a handing off ceremony at the Boeing final assembly facility at Long Beach Airport on May 10, 2011 in Long Beach, California (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
A high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed military-transport aircraft, the multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions. It has delivered cargo in every worldwide operation since the 1990s (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Major General Mohammed Bin Swaidan Saeed Al Gamzi of the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence speaks in front of the new C-17 Globemaster III airlifter during a handing off ceremony at the Boeing final assembly facility on May 10, 2011 in Long Beach, California (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The second of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The UAE will take delivery of three more C-17s this year and two in 2012 as it modernises its airlift capabilities. (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The second of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence is being assembled at the Boeing assembly facility on May 10, 2011 in Long Beach, California (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The UAE will take delivery of three more C-17s this year and two in 2012 as it modernizes its airlift capabilities. (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Military officials from the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence and Boeing and elected officials give a thumbs up after a handing off ceremony of the first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Pilots and cadets pose next to a C-17 Globemaster III airlifters built for the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence. The C-17's ability to fly long distances and land in remote airfields in rough, land-locked regions make it a premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Major General Mohammed Bin Swaidan Saeed Al Gamzi (C) of the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence and pilots the of the new C-17 Globemaster III airlifter Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Al Attar (R) and Cpt. Ahmad Hassan Alaabi pose after a handing off ceremony of the first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters at the Boeing final assembly facility at Long Beach Airport on May 10, 2011 in Long Beach, California. (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Al Attar from United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence and pilot of the new C-17 Globemaster III airlifters waves the UAE flag from the cockpit window (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The C-17 can take off from a 7,600-ft. airfield, carry a payload of 160,000 pounds, fly 2,400 nautical miles, refuel while in flight and land in 3,000 feet or less on a small unpaved or paved airfield in day or night (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Chris Chadwick, President, Boeing Military Aircraft, speaks during a handing off ceremony after Boeing delivered first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters to the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence at the company's final assembly facility on May 10, 2011 in Long Beach, California (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Boeing employees wave US and UAE flags during a handing off ceremony of the first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters at the Boeing final assembly facility at Long Beach Airport on May 10, 2011 in Long Beach, California. (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
A high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed military-transport aircraft, the multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The C-17 has proven in-service operational utility, performance, versatility, and reliability (Getty Images)
UAE Air Force receives first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Boeing employees wave US and UAE flags during a handing off ceremony of the first of six C-17 Globemaster III airlifters at the Boeing final assembly facility (Getty Images)