For the build up of American forces in the Balkans December 1995 saw in influx of transport aircraft at Rhein Main air base. This was the very first operation in which the C-17 played an important role.
This is the prototype C-17 and made her first flight on 15th Sept. 1991 flying from Long Beach to Edwards AFB, CA. After completing the test program for the Globemaster III she then became a testbed for the USAF, NASA and other flight-test agencies, as well as finding time to appear in quite a few blockbuster movies. She was retired at Edwards during 2011 and flown the following year to the National Museum of the USAF for display.