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On the final leg of its journey from California to Fort Lee, Va., a C-17 fuselage is guided between traffic lights. The move required several road closures and temporary power outages along the route. C-17 fuselage moved SPECIAL DELIVERY: to train future transporters Story and photos by T. Anthony Bell, Fort Lee Public Affairs A 5,000-mile sea and land odyssey that Sometime earlier this year, however, word began at an Orange County, Calif., test- got around that a C-17 was available at a Long ing facility came to an end Aug. 22 at Beach airport, and it would cost considerably Fort Lee, Va. less to transport it here rather than build a new A hulking Air Force C-17 aircraft fuse- one. lage is now in its final resting place just off of “They were going to chop it up for scrap Sisisky Boulevard following a 32-day, seg- and get rid of it,” said Mellman, noting that mented movement from the west coast. it cost about $1.7 million to transport. “We The 160-foot fuselage will be used at Fort decided to get the real thing, the best training Lee by the Joint Transportation Center and device we could get.” School to help train nearly 2,000 military The mission of transporting the structure members annually in airload procedures. across several time zones would prove to be The JTCS will move to Fort Lee from Fort a challenging one, but one that logisticians Eustis and become operational here by 2011. accomplish routinely in operational environ- Col. Tod Mellman, JTCS Base Realign- ments, said Mellman. ment and Closure officer, said the idea to move With assistance from SDDC at Fort Eustis, the C-17 to Fort Lee wa
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