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Boeing C-17 Globemaster III


Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 was developed in the 1980's by McDonnell Douglas. It is a military transport aircraft. The C-17 should be a completion to the gigantic transport aircraft Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. In 1991 the C-17 did its maiden flight. The C-17 can be loaded and unloaded through a tail door. An important feature of the C-17 is the Short Take-Off and Landing. The C-17 can transport three attack helicopters Boeing AH-64 Apache. Alternatively the C-17 can transport a M1 Abrams tank which weighs 70 t. Instead of freight the C-17 can also carry 100 paratroopers. The C-17 is used by the US Air Force and by the Royal Air Force. Before the C-17 there were two other airplanes with the name Globemaster. One was the Douglas C-74 Globemaster and the other was the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II.

Technical data about the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Crew 3 men
Length 53.04 m
Span 51.74 m
Height 16.79 m
Engines four Pratt & Whitney PW2040 each with 18,340 kp thrust
Payload 100 paratroopers or 78,000 kg
Maximum speed 850 km/h
Maximum takeoff weight 265,000 kg
Range 4,500 km


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Last Update: 07.10.2006