Changes, they are a-coming

History Headed toward Hickam AFB.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE — There will be a C-17 Globemaster III burger at the grill.

The 17th hole on the golf course is being re-designated the C-17 hole.

The 17th lane at the bowling alley is being painted to reflect an aircraft designation.

The Air Force always comes up with creative things like this.

The arrival of the first seven of the $200 million aircraft, one about every three weeks and the eighth expected in late September or early October, also is at the vanguard of a military buildup in Hawai'i that will include an Army Stryker Brigade, more ships and submarines — and someday could include an aircraft carrier.

Sheesh. Looks like it's going to get a little busy around here!

More recently, when Schofield Barracks sent four Chinook helicopters to Pakistan in October for earthquake relief, the choppers had to be switched in Rota, Spain, from C-5s to C-17s because the larger aircraft can't land at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where the helicopters were reassembled.

Definitely removes one element of hassle. That will come in handy in the future.

Interesting. Should be interesting to watch this transformation.


- hfs

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