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C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 Globemaster III 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 and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.
C-17 Globemaster III Copyright © Airman First Class Joshua Kleinholz, U.S. Air Force

Status

In active service

Contractor

Primary contractor: Boeing

Crew

2 Pilots
1 Loadmaster

Capacity

102 combat troops / paratroopers
- OR -
36 litter patients
54 ambulatory patients and attendants
- OR -
18 pallet positions
77 518,99 kilograms of cargo 170 900 pounds of cargo

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 53.4 meters 174 feet
Wingspan: 51.76 meters 169.83 feet
Height: 16.79 meters 55.8 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: ~265 350 kilograms 585 000 pounds
Features
Power plant: four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines
Thrust: ~18 325 kilograms (each engine) 40 400 pounds (each engine)
Speed: 450 knots, Mach 0.74 (~830 kilometers per hour) (~515 miles per hour)
Ceiling: ~13 700 meters (at cruising speed) 45 000 feet (at cruising speed)
Range: 2 400 nautical miles (~4 440 kilometers (global with in-flight refueling)) (~2 760 miles (global with in-flight refueling))
Miscellaneous
Cargo compartment length: 26.82 meters 88 feet
Cargo compartment width: 5.49 meters 18 feet
Cargo compartment height: 3.76 meters 12.33 feet