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Indian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III visits Schiphol international airport
Latest update: May 2021
India is hit by the COVID-19 second wave resulting in hospitals being flooded with ill people. Hospitals lack room as well as medical equipment and supplies for treatment. Several countries around the world are supporting India by donation money to buy healthcare products or send equipment and supplies.

The Indian Air Force tasked its 81 squadron “Skylords” equipped with the Boeing Defence C-17A Globemaster III with strategic airlift missions. 81 squadron is subordinate to 28 wing which is stationed in the northeast of India’s capital New Delhi at Hindon Air Force Station (Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh). Since early May the squadron is flying mission around the globe to pick up equipment and supplies with several flights made to Europe. After returning to Hindon AS the goods are distributed across India.
Indian Air Force C-17A "COVID-19" flights to Europe
Date Airport Serial
02.05.21 Hahn, Germany CB-8009
03.05.21 RAF Brize Norton, United Kingdom CB-8001, CB-8004
05.05.21 Ostend, Belgium CB-8009
08.05.21 Bordeaux, France CB-8002
08.05.21 Frankfurt, Germany CB-8003
10.05.21 Amsterdam, Netherlands CB-8009
11.05.21 Frankfurt, Germany CB-8003
12.05.21 Ostend, Belgium CB-8001
16.05.21 Frankfurt, Germany CB-8007
21.05.21 Frankfurt, Germany CB-8003
21.05.21 Ostend, Belgium CB-8002
Boeing Defence C-17A Globemaster III
India is one of nine countries to operate the C-17A. Its Department of Defence signed a contract with the American government to purchase 10 Globemasters on June 15, 2011.

Boeing itself with the closure of the C-17 production line built 10 so called white-tail aircraft. At that time, the company did not have a customer of these aircraft. Nine of these were sold to Australia (2), Canada (1), Kuwait (2) and Qatar (4) leaving one aircraft. The final white tail was purchased by India bringing its fleet to 11 aircraft and was delivered on August 26, 2019.
Photo gallery Schiphol May 10, 2021
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