An RAF C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.
Picture: Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009
17 Mar 11 UK MoD
The RAF's newest C-17 aircraft has completed its first operational mission to Afghanistan, delivering essential supplies to the front line. The aircraft, which was unveiled by the Prime Minister in January this year, delivered over 25 tonnes of Hellfire missiles, rifle ammunition, aircraft spares and air conditioning units to Camp Bastion. RAF movements staff then rapidly dispatched the important cargo to British forces across Afghanistan's Helmand province. This latest multi-million pound aircraft brings the number of aircraft in the RAF's C-17 fleet to seven.