SAC C-17 fleet reaches 15,000 flight hours

04 December 2014

The 15,000 flight hour mark was surpassed during a mission flown in European airspace requested by the United States, one of 12 SAC member nations, on 28 November.

“Our C17 fleet was able to reach this milestone by ensuring a consistently high airworthiness and flight safety standard and we look forward to flying many more thousands of hours in the same way!” enthused Mr. Wiek Noldus, Programme Manager for the NATO Airlift Management Programme in Pápa, Hungary.

Furthermore, to date, the SAC fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets has flown more than 1,100 missions, transported more than 46,000 tons (102 million lbs.) of cargo and carried more than 58,000 passengers to meet the airlift needs of its member nations. Flights are flown in support of their national defence, NATO, EU and UN commitments and humanitarian relief missions.

The NAM Programme, an integral part of NSPA, is responsible for managing and supporting the C-17 weapon system and for providing financial, logistical, procurement, information technology and administrative services to the operator of the aircraft. Mission execution is the sole responsibility of the multinational military Heavy Airlift Wing, made up of personnel from SAC participating nations.