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Anigrand #AA2071 1/72 McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III



 
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Kit #AA2071. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit, complete with decals, representing the C-17 strategic airlifter. Designed and built by McDonnell Douglas, following a merger with Boeing the plane is now manufactured and supported by Boeing. In the late 1970s, the USAF was searching for an all-jet replacement for its C-130, and McDonnell Douglas proposed the YC-15. However, before production orders could be given, the USAF discovered that it’s C-141s were developing major structural problems as a result of heavy use. The Air Force upgraded these aircraft, extending their life and increasing their lift capacity, but this was a stop-gap in a 20-year-old design, so it called for the design of a new strategic airlifter, while choosing to upgrade the C-130 design rather than replacing it. McDonnell Douglas proposed to develop a new strategic airlifter, based on the YC-15, but with swept wings, more powerful engines and a significant increase in size. In 1981, McDonnell Douglas won the contract to build the C-17A Globemaster III. However, the path to production was long and troubled, plagued with Air Force budget shortfalls, technical design problems and major cost overruns. As a result, USAF production plans were cut from 210 aircraft to 120 aircraft. After Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas, they cut production costs and the Air Force ordered another 60 aircraft, bringing US production to 180 aircraft, a number later raised to 230, including international orders. During flight-tests, the C-17s set 22 world aviation records, and the aircraft entered squadron service in 1995.

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