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    "Spirit of California," First C-17 Delivered To March Air Reserve Base

    ST. LOUIS: Officials from March Air Reserve Base took delivery today of the first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to be based in California and flown by California citizen airmen.

    Named "Spirit of California," the aircraft flew to its new home near Riverside, Calif., about 65 miles east of the Boeing [NYSE: BA] Long Beach facility where C-17 aircraft are assembled and where the delivery ceremony was held.

    "We're extremely proud and excited to receive the Air Force Reserve Command's first C-17 here at March," said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Duignan, commander, 4th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command at March ARB. "It's an extraordinary aircraft that increases our ability to accomplish our Total Force, global-reach mission, which is critical to the war on terrorism. March is the first reserve wing with the Globemaster III and it will continue to demonstrate the capacity of our citizen airmen to serve America."

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