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​A C-17 Globemaster III drops 32 bundles of cargo during a demonstration at the C-17 hangar complex grand opening at Papa AB, Hungary, on Nov. 17, 2016. Air Force photo by SSgt. Krystal Ardrey.

​NATO’s Heavy Airlift Wing at Papa AB, Hungary, recently opened a new hangar, allowing aircrew to work on C-17s year-round and increasing aircraft availability. The hangar complex, which has been under construction for the last three years, will allow aircrews to paint, wash, and provide maintenance on the three C-17s, which are shared by 10 NATO countries, as well as Finland and Sweden. Previously the aircraft needed to return to the continental US for maintenance, according to a US Air Forces in Europe release. The complex also includes a climate-controlled supply warehouse, a vehicle workshop, and an aerial port, according to USAFE. The Strategic Airlift Capability consortium is made up of some 250 troops, including about 60 USAF airmen. The countries have a 30-year agreement to share the C-17s, the release states. (For more information on the hangar, see also: Please Options.)