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Boeing Trains C-17 Loadmasters


ST. LOUIS, May 2008 -- In a C-17 Cargo Compartment Trainer located at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., Lynn Gardner, a Boeing [NYSE: BA] C-17 loadmaster instructor, shows two students how to prepare the aircraft’s Container Delivery System gate for an airdrop.

Boeing delivers and operates the C-17 Aircrew Training System, which, in addition to providing aircrew training, offers initial air/land qualification training for loadmaster students. Using a building-block approach to training, students first view computer-based modules, then move on to various training devices: a Cargo Load Model, where students use scale models of cargo to become familiar with different types of loads and how loads are placed in the cargo compartment; a Cargo Compartment Trainer, which is a full-size mockup of a C-17; and a Loadmaster Simulator, which can be connected with the Air Vehicle System trainer to link pilots and loadmasters in simulated operational missions.


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