Military officials took delivery of the C-17 Globemaster III -- the 223rd sold to the Air Force -- during a ceremony Thursday attended by workers at Boeing's Long Beach assembly plant.
The massive, four-engine C-17 made its debut in 1991. It quickly became a war and disaster workhorse.
The Long Beach assembly line still has pending orders in the foreign market. Boeing's overseas customers include the United Kingdom, Australia, India and NATO.