The Canadian Forces took delivery of the first of four C-17 Globemaster II aircraft, 9 August, at Boeing's manufacturing facility at Long Beach, California.

Dan Ross, Canada's assistant deputy minister for material said: "The test flights are over, our flight crews are trained, the Maple Leaf is painted on the fuselage of Canada One, and the first of our four C-17s is ready to come home.

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Dave Bowman, Boeing vice president C-17 programme manager, at the podium, said that "strong cooperation" between Canada and the US meant delivery in just six months after contract agreement

"Today's delivery ceremony marks a new stage in Canada's ability to provide strategic airlift and support of our military, humanitarian operations and, most specifically, to Afghanistan."