JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – On June 14, 1993, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) welcomed the first C-17 Globemaster III, “The Spirit of Charleston” to the fleet.
The aircraft landed at Charleston Air Force Base shortly before 11:00 a.m., with a crowd of nearly 2,000 people awaiting its arrival.
It was used for training for two years, and then was sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Endeavor.
“The Spirit of Charleston” remained stationed in Charleston for over 20 years.
Now, Joint Base Charleston is home to the largest fleet of C17 Globemaster IIIs in the USAF.