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Pittsburgh C-17 takes flight from WPAFB

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania takes off from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, June 14, 2018. The aircraft piloted by 445th C-17 aircrews is one of two C-17 Globemaster IIIs that arrived here June 11 and June 14 respectively. The 911th is converting from the C-130 Hercules to the C-17. The 445th will maintain and operate the two C-17s until the aircrew and maintainers are proficient in that airframe and the Pittsburgh ARB infrastructure can handle the aircraft. Aircrew and maintainers from the 911th integrated with 445th Airmen to get hands-on training. Pittsburgh aircrew will fly on local missions and conduct air refueling with members of the 445th's 89th Airlift Squadron while their maintainers will help catch, launch and perform any maintenance work on the airframe alongside the 445th maintainers. The planes are scheduled to be here through October. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Darrell Sydnor)