The final Boeing C-17 Cargo Jet has been delivered to the Air Force, according to the Los Angeles Times. It's been a long running relationship, lasting 32 years in total - and one that's been helped greatly by the improvements in aerospace software.
The C-17 Globemaster III has proven to be hugely useful to the Air Force in the time since its inception during the Cold War. It can move anything from soldiers to 60-ton tanks, and that has been the key to its longevity. It's been a huge part of many Boeing employees careers, according to production manager Jeff McQueen.
"When we hand over that last plane to the Air Force, it will be somewhat of a sad day," said McQueen. "But we had such a good run."
The initial run of the plane was marked by problems, including software glitches. But the plane overcame all that to achieve its great usefulness, with massive advances in embedded software. Aerospace software testing has done wonderful things for planes such as the C-17 and the crafts of today. As the standards continue to move forward, it will only see improvements in the crafts.