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Know About Boeing C-17 Globemaster III – The master of Cargo aircraft – India Orders, buys 10 - C 17 Global Master III

Know About Boeing C-17 Globemaster III – The master of Cargo aircraft – India Orders, buys 10 - C 17 Global Master III

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is designed to fulfill military and humanitarian airlift

The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area.
The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions

The C-17 Globemaster III is a high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed aircraft with a rear loading ramp.
In 1980, the U.S. Air Force asked for a larger transport that could be refueled in flight and use rough forward fields so that it could fly anywhere in the world.

On Aug. 28, 1981, McDonnell Douglas won the contract with its proposal to build the C-17.
The design met or exceeded all Air Force design specifications, and the huge transport was able to use runways at 19,000 airfields.
The C-17 is built in Long Beach, Calif.

The C-17 made its maiden flight on Sept. 15, 1991, and the first production model was delivered to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., and June 14, 1993.

The C-17 received the "Globemaster III" name in early 1993.
The first squadron of C-17s, the 17th Airlift Squadron, was declared operationally ready Jan. 17, 1995

The aircraft is operated by a crew of three (pilot, copilot and loadmaster), reducing manpower requirements, risk exposure and long-term operating costs.
Cargo is loaded onto the C-17 through a large aft door that accommodates military vehicles and palletized cargo.

The C-17 can carry virtually all of the Army's air-transportable equipment.

A cockpit crew of two and one loadmaster operates the C-17, which can be refueled in

The four engines are Pratt & Whitney PW2040 series turbofans, designated as F117-
PW-100 by the Air Force, each producing 40,440 pounds of thrust.

The engines are equipped with directed-flow thrust reversers capable of deployment in flight.

On the Ground, a fully loaded aircraft, using engine reversers, can back up a two-percent slope.

In the cargo compartment the C-17 can carry Army wheeled vehicles in two side-by-side rows.

Three combat ready Stryker infantry-fighting vehicles comprise one deployment load. Similarly, the Army's newest main battle tank, the M-1, can be carried.

The C-17 is operated by the U.S. Air Force, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, NATO and Qatar.

In January 2010, the US Government received a request from India for 10 C-17s through the US Government's Foreign Military Sales program and was approved by US Congress in June 2010.
On 23 June, the Indian Air Force successfully test-landed a USAF C-17 at the Gaggal Airport, India.
This completed the IAF's C-17 trials.
India may well order another six C-17s after the first 10.

When American President Barack Obama visited India this month, all their military, security paraphernalia, including armour-plated cars and helicopters were brought to India on board C 17 Global Master.
For ten C-17 Globemaster-III cost is - $4.1-billion which India will be paying to USA.

Think why in India we can not build such aircrafts?
Learn to ask Politician this when they say we are becoming super power.

These aircrafts are also bought by India without inviting Global Tenders.

As the name goes, yes it is Global Master – Master has no match
C 17 enjoys the status of Master as per my view.

General Characteristics -

Primary Function: Cargo and troop transport

Prime Contractor: Boeing Company

Power Plant: Four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines

Thrust: 40,440 pounds, each engine

Wingspan: 169 feet 10 inches (to winglet tips) (51.75 meters)

Length: 174 feet (53 meters)

Height: 55 feet 1 inch (16.79 meters)

Cargo Compartment: length, 88 feet (26.82 meters); width, 18 feet (5.48 meters);

height, 12 feet 4 inches (3.76 meters)

Speed: 450 knots at 28,000 feet (8,534 meters) (Mach .76)

Service Ceiling: 45,000 feet at cruising speed (13,716 meters)

Range: Global with in-flight refueling

Crew: Three (two pilots and one loadmaster)

Aero medical Evacuation Crew: A basic crew of five (two flight nurses and three medical technicians) is added for aero medical evacuation missions. Medical crew may be altered as required by the needs of patients

Maximum Peacetime Takeoff Weight: 585,000 pounds (265,352 kilograms)

Load: 102 troops/paratroops; 36 litter and 54 ambulatory patients and attendants; 170,900 pounds (77,519 kilograms) of cargo (18 pallet positions)

Unit Cost: Unit Cost: $202.3 million (fiscal 1998 constant dollars)

Watch the video C 17 Global Master III
Excellent video C 17 - Aboard the Flying Hospital
You can see the inside of C 17 Global Master III

Below is the photo of C 17 Global Master III aircraft

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010


SG November 10, 2010  

Thanks for the excellent info.

Anonymous,  November 10, 2010  


Someone from my field. I am going to be here often.

thank you for the info.

SM November 10, 2010