Joint Base Charleston gets its 52nd Boeing C-17 Globemaster, with one more to come

Joint Base Charleston is scheduled to get its 53rd and final C-17 Globemaster III later this year. (Brad Nettles/Staff/File)

Brad Nettles

Just one to go.

Joint Base Charleston has taken delivery of its second-to-last Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command said.

It arrived May 30 from Boeing plant in Long Beach, Calif., and it was piloted by Lt. Gen. Robert Allardice, vice commander of the Air Mobility Command.

Reservists on the flight included: Lt. Col. Andrew Leone; Lt. Col. Mark Pool; Maj. Brennan McDonald; Chief Master Sgt. Gigi Manning; Sr. Master Sgt. Monica Flores; Master Sgt. James Ebert; Master Sgt. Chris Fable; and Staff Sgt. Edward Gonzalez.

The last of the big cargo jets is scheduled to be delivered to the North Charleston air base in September.

The C-17 Globemaster is a workhorse aircraft, capable of rapid delivery of troops and all types of cargo.

There are now 52 C-17s assigned to the active-duty 437th Airlift Wing, which partners with the reserve 315th Airlift Wing.

The first Globemaster arrived at Charleston Air Force Base on June 14, 1993. Since then, 222 C-17s have been produced and delivered to various bases throughout the Air Force.