Raw : The first US-made C-17 NATO military cargo aircraft was put into service at the Papa (NW Hungary) air base in presence of the NATO Deputy Chief Claudio Bissogniero, Hungary's Defense Minister Imre Szekeres and Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai.
The Globemaster III Boeing is the first of three to be stationed at the base under NATO's Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) program. The SAC program operates independently from NATO, with the participation of NATO-members the USA, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and non-members Sweden and Finland.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Bajnai deemed the creation of the military air transportation fleet as a result of cooperation of 12 countries to be an historical achievement.
The fact that Pápa, Hungary had been selected as a base for the program indicates that the
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