Boeing C-17 Globemaster III: Final Major Join
In a bittersweet but proud moment, on Feb. 26, 2015, Boeing workers integrated the nose, fuselage, tail and wing assemblies of the final C-17 Globemaster III to roll off the assembly line in Long Beach, Calif.

Called "major join," the process connects the airlifter's four major sections, turning what looks like puzzle pieces into a real airplane for the first time — and, in this case, the last time for workers in the manufacturing plant.

Following a production run of more than two decades, the C-17 Globemaster III production line is scheduled to close this summer. Its mission, however, will continue for many years.

WATCH's feature video story, "The Last Join" -
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