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• <br />• <br />RESOLUTION NO. 93 -63 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT <br />BEACH CALLING FOR CONTINUED PRODUCTION OF THE <br />USAF /MCDONNELL DOUGLAS C -17 GLOBEMASTER III AIRLIFTER AS <br />AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE SYSTEM AND A <br />STRONG REGIONAL ECONOMY. <br />WHEREAS, the need for airlift capabilities is increasing because the U.S. is <br />reducing its forward- deployed forces, the current airlift fleet is rapidly aging and the U. <br />S. lacks the capability to move outsized cargo to small austere airfields efficiently and <br />because the current airlift force is based on 1950's and 60's technology; and <br />WHEREAS, the C -17 technology allows operation by a crew of three <br />compared to five to nine on other airlifters and the fuel efficiency and landing capability <br />are unmatched by any comparable airlifter; and <br />WHEREAS, President Clinton, Secretary of Defense Aspin, Chairman of the <br />Joint Chiefs General Colin Powell all voiced their support for the need for the C-1 7's <br />long range capability and short field landing ability, along with the C -17's support for a <br />rapid deployment of troops and equipment for both humanitarian relief and troop <br />movements; and <br />WHEREAS, McDonnell Douglas has already delivered seven production <br />aircraft, including the first one to an operational unit, the 437th Airlift Wing at <br />Charleston Air Force Base. s.c.: and <br />NOW THEREFORE the City Council of the city of Newport Beach does <br />resolve as follows: <br />Section 1. That the City Council hereby urges the members of Congress in <br />the Congressional Delegation from the Long Beach area, together with all those of Los <br />Angeles and Orange Counties, to act in united support of retaining the <br />USAF /McDonnell Douglas C -17 airlifter in uninterrupted production and to <br />communicate their support to the United States Department of Defense, the President <br />of the United States and others. <br />Section 2. That copies of this resolution be forwarded to the City of Long <br />Beach for forwarding to the appropriate members of Congress. <br />ADOPTED this 9th date of August 1993. <br />ATTEST <br />i <br />i <br />MAYOR <br />