Within the next few months, Boeing will deliver its last C-17 airlifter. This has been a remarkable program in many ways, but perhaps the most noteworthy is that the aircraft helped create a brand-new market: exported strategic transports. Before the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) took delivery of four C-17s in 2001, no country outside the U.S. had ever purchased a Western military transport larger than the Shorts Belfast. A few countries, notably India and Libya, bought Soviet transports at ...

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