Jumbo transport carrier cynosure of Aero India

Bangalore: A monstrous US-origin aircraft that will enable the Indian Air Force to carry battle-ready troops, artillery guns and armoured vehicles close to Sino-Indian border will be the star attraction of ninth edition of Aero-India in the absence of dazzling fighters with fiery punch from around the world.
The massive aircraft with 174 feet length, 55 feet height and 170 feet wingspan attended earlier versions of the show but was over-shadowed by more glamorous fighters.
But the presence of Boeing’s C-17 Globemaster-III in the air show this time has additional significance this time because the IAF is expected to take the possession of the first aircraft in June. “The first aircraft is coming in June. Then there one aircraft would be delivered almost every month,” IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne said here on Tuesday. Four C-17s will be delivered to the IAF this year and five in 2014. India purchased 10 C-17 at a cost of $ 4.1 billion from the US.
05/02/13 Kalyan Ray/Deccan Herald

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