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Air Force Honors Bob Hope

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, April 30, 1997 – He is the king of comedy, and for more than 50 years he took his show on the road entertaining American troops around the world. April 22, the Air Force named its newest C-17 Globemaster III in honor of Bob Hope.

"During the Air Force's 50th anniversary year, I can't think of a better tribute than to name one of our newest C-17 cargo jets for Bob Hope," said Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall. "After all, both span the globe in the best interests of America and its military. Bob Hope has been a very dear friend of every person in uniform -- he's got his own special brand of patriotism and has always been sincerely dedicated to the well-being of America's troops."

Hope and his wife, Dolores, along with a host of Hollywood dignitaries, attended the dedication ceremony at the McDonnell Douglas facility in Long Beach, Calif., Air Force officials said. The aircraft is the 32nd C-17 to enter the Air Force inventory. It will be assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. (AFNS)

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