by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
4/17/2012 - DAYTON, Ohio -- The U.S. Air Force's first C-17 (T-1) is scheduled to arrive at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25.
This C-17 Globemaster III (S/N 87-0025) was essentially hand-built for the sole purpose of developmental test and evaluation, with an estimated life span of approximately five years. The aircraft was periodically rebuilt and refurbished over the years and its lifespan grew from five to 21 years.
T-1 made its first flight on Sept. 15, 1991, when it was delivered to the USAF at Edwards AFB, Calif., for testing. After completing the extensive C-17 flight test program, T-1 supported many other flight and propulsion test programs for the USAF, NASA and others.
In addition to its role as a flight test aircraft, T-1 is also a Hollywood star. The aircraft appeared in country superstar Toby Keith's Emmy Award-winning production of "American Soldier." T-1 went on to appear in five motion pictures: "Transformers," "Iron Man," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Iron Man 2" and "Superman: Man of Steel" (to be released by Warner Brothers in 2013).
The public can view the aircraft landing from the museum grounds, which open at 9 a.m. Visitors must enter through the main museum entrance off of Springfield Street. The aircraft will make a pass over the museum prior to landing on the runway behind the museum. Traffic along Springfield Street near the museum's entrance and along Woodman/Harshman Road may be congested due to the aircraft arrival.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.
4/24/2012 9:24:54 AM ET The C-17 is a worthy replacement of the C-141.