With production backlog dwindling and an approaching fight to the death in Congress over funding for another year of C-17s, Boeing's latest advert for the program - a distinctly liveried international variant for Qatar - left Long Beach today enroute for the Middle East.
Qatar 02 will stop at Charleston AFB en-route to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar (Boeing)
The aircraft is the second to be delivered to the Qatar Emiri Air Force, and the first to be painted in a non-military scheme. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Malki, head of Qatar's airlift selection committee, explained the unusual markings (which are the same as those of the national airline), are intended to build awareness of Qatar's participation in operations around the world. The aircraft will be based at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and becomes the 17th C-17 to be delivered to an international customer.