U.S. AIR FORCE C-17 and KC-135 DEMO

KC-135 Stratotanker

The C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker will perform a demonstration for the first time at this year’s show. The aircraft will perform both separately and together.

The massive Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is the newest and one of the largest aircrafts in the Air Force inventory. Weighing in at a maximum takeoff weight of 585,000 pounds and flying as fast as 590 mph the 200-foot-long C-17 will show off its impressive aerial capability. The C-17’s primary mission is to transport equipment, supplies and troops around the world. Dayton’s Wright-Patterson AFB is the home base for the 445th Airlift Wing that flies C-17’s. The aircraft last performed an aerial demonstration at Dayton in 2010.

The KC-135 Stratotanker is the core aerial refueling aircraft for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 60 years. This large aerial tanker provides the U.S. Air Force capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. It provides aerial refueling support to all Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps aircraft. The KC-135 weighs 322,500 pounds. The heavy refueler flies at a speed of 530 mph. The KC-135 has never performed an aerial demonstration at Dayton.

The demo aircraft and crews are from the 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.


  • The C-17 can land in 3,000 feet or less on a paved or unpaved airfield!
  • It can haul the Army’s main battle tank, an M-1 Abrams, which weighs 70 tons!
  • Three combat-ready Stryker vehicles belonging to the U.S. Army can be transported by the C-17!
  • Six Guardian Armored Security vehicles can fit inside the C-17!
  • The C-17 has set 33 world records- more than any other airlifter in history!
  • It can be refueled while in flight by the KC-135 Stratotanker!
  • The KC-135 transfers enough fuel through the refueling boom in one minute to operate the average family car for more than a year!
  • The maximum transfer fuel load is 200,000 pounds. That’s enough to refuel the entire Blue Angels demonstration team (jets 1-6) 3 times!
  • It can transfer more fuel in 8 minutes than a gas station could pump in 24 hours!
  • The Stratotanker can actually tow a fighter jet while being hooked up for a refueling at 30,000′ going 500 MPH!
  • The boom operator is positioned only 20 feet from the cockpit of the aircraft being refueled!


Manufacturer: Boeing

Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines with 40,440 pounds of thrust each

Wingspan: 169 feet, 10 inches

Length: 174 feet

Height: 55 feet, 1 inch

Speed: 520 miles per hour at 28,000 feet

Range: 2,400 nautical miles

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 585,000 pounds

Maximum Cargo Capability: 170,900 pounds, 102 troops, 36 litter and 54 ambulatory patients and attendants

Crew: Three: pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster Aeromedical Missions: A basic crew of five (two flight nurses and three medical technicians) Unit

Cost: $202.3 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars)

Inventory: 223 assigned to the U.S. Air Force. There are a total of 267 C-17s worldwide


Engines: Four CFM-56 turbofan engines with 21,634 pounds of thrust each

Wingspan: 130 feet, 10 inches

Length: 136 feet, 3 inches

Height: 41 feet, 8 inches

Speed: 530 miles per hour at 30,000 feet

Range: 1,500 miles with 150,000 pounds of transfer fuel Maximum Takeoff Weight: 322,500 pounds Maximum Cargo Capability: 83,000 pounds, 37 passengers

Crew: Three: pilot, co-pilot and aerial refueling boom operator. Some KC-135 missions require the addition of a navigator.

Aeromedical Missions: A basic crew of five (two flight nurses and three medical technicians) Unit Cost: $39.6 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars)

Inventory: 414 aircraft assigned to USAF Air Mobility Command. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard fly 247 aircraft in support of AMC’s mission world-wide.

Website: https://www.altus.af.mil/About-Us/Units/