A first-of-its-kind experiment in multinational airlift begins on July 27 with the formal commissioning of the NATO-managed Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) and the unit’s first Boeing C-17 at Papa Air Base in western Hungary. The airlift wing is due to declare initial operational capability later in the year, following the arrival of the second and third C-17s in September and October, respectively. Full operational capability is set to be achieved around the third quarter of 2011. ...

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