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.
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