President Joe Biden left Nantucket 10 days ago, but a remnant of his visit to the island remains.
Still parked at Nantucket Memorial Airport is a massive U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster. As we first reported last Sunday, the aircraft is broken down, and an airport source told the Current Air Force personnel continue to work on one of its engines.
A spokesman for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the Air Force base in New Jersey where the C-17 is typically stationed, offered few details on the cause of the breakdown and how long the aircraft might remain on Nantucket.
“A C-17 assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing is currently in Nantucket undergoing aircraft maintenance," the spokesman replied to an inquiry from the Current. "The 305th AMW conducts strategic missions worldwide in support of the Air Mobility Command’s missions across the world.”
Numerous C-17s flew in and out of Nantucket ahead of President Biden's arrival on Nantucket for his annual Thanksgiving visit and after he left, transporting the vehicles, equipment, and personnel necessary to provide security.
The $340 million aircraft is built by Boeing and is known as a workhorse of the Air Force that keeps "troops and supplies moving around the world."
Photos below of the C-17s at Nantucket Memorial Airport last month by Kit Noble: