The first of two Boeing C-17 Globemasters destined for the Kuwait Air Force has emerged from the company’s Long Beach assembly line.

The aircraft is the second C-17 to wear a high-visibility colour scheme, wearing the bright white and silver scheme also worn by the air arm’s L-100 Hercules. Qatar’s Emiri Air Force also operates a colourful C-17 which wears the colours of the national carrier, Qatar Airways, although it is flown by air force pilots.

Boeing has not formally confirmed Kuwait as a customer for the heavy airlifter, but it will join a rapidly growing population of C-17s in the Gulf Region. The type is already flying with aforementioned Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia maybe in the bidding for at least some of the 13 “white-tailed” aircraft being produced by Long Beach before the C-17 line closes in 2015. […]