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Whether it's transporting litters of equipment, serving as a flying ambulance for troops, or airdropping humanitarian aid, the C-17 Globemaster III plays a versatile role for the U.S. military.

With Boeing scheduled to fulfill its order C-17 from U.S. Air Force next month, and likely shuttering production of the aircraft for good soon thereafter, Stars and Stripes takes a look back at some of the iconic shots of the aircraft that's been a backbone for the military since the late 1980s.

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