USAF C-17 Globemaster


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. The Dayton-based 445th Airlift Wing flies the C-17 out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The aircraft last performed an aerial demonstration at Dayton in 2021.


  • 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!


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.

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