‘Plane’ wrong
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Dear Editor,

Your caption in the August 31st edition for the 106th Rescue Wing effort at Francis S. Gabreski Base in Westhampton had the aircraft’s name wrong. The C-17

is called a "Globe” Master III, not "Gold” Master. 

As an Air Force officer (1964-68), I flew on its predecessor, the Globe Master II,

several times. It was a four-engine propeller-driven plane nicknamed "Old Shaky" because of its intense vibrations. I'm still shaking 50 years later.

The C-17 was developed in the 1980s and first flown in September 1991. It's one of the Air Force's top workhorses for cargo and troop transport operations.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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