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      C-17 aircraft

      C-17 Globemaster III

      The massive long-haul military transport aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions.

      Always Dependable. Always Ready.

      A high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed military transport aircraft, the multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world. The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions. It has delivered cargo in every worldwide operation since the 1990s.

      Lifecycle Sustainment

      Boeing has partnered with the U.S. Air Force on C-17 sustainment since the delivery of the first aircraft in 1993. With a focus on high performance at an affordable cost, Boeing provides sustainment and maintenance for global C-17 customers in eight allied countries. The C-17 fleet has a best-in-class combined dollar per flight hour and mission capable rate, performing at the highest level of readiness worldwide.


      Under the Globemaster III Sustainment Program contract, Boeing is fully responsible and accountable for total weapon system availability executing program management, sustaining logistics, material and equipment management, sustaining engineering and depot-level aircraft maintenance. On-site base support includes personnel for base management and operations support, field services and engineering technical support and 24/7 base supply support for spares.


      Train The Way You Operate

      Boeing provides comprehensive C-17 Globemaster III training solutions for aircrews and loadmasters with advanced simulation, courseware and computer-based training. C-17 operators can practice the complete range of tasks required for tactical military airlift operations and humanitarian missions, along with rehearsal of other scenarios such as aerial refueling and emergency procedures.

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      C-17 Milestones



      C-17 Globemaster III Technical Specifications

      Wingspan to Winglet Tip 169.8 ft (51.74 m)
      Length 174 ft (53.04 m)
      Height at Tail 55.1 ft (16.79 m)
      Fuselage Diameter 22.5 ft (6.86 m)
      Four Pratt & Whitney PW2040 (military designation F117-PW-100) 40,440 pounds thrust each
      Sidewall (Permanently Installed) 54 (27 each side, 18 inches wide, 24 inch spacing center to center)
      Centerline (stored on board) 48 (in sets of six back-to-back, 8 sets)
      Palletized 80 on 8 pallets, plus 54 passengers on sidewall seats
      Flight crew 2 pilots
      Observer positions 2
      Instrument displays 2 full-time all-function head-up displays (HUD), 4 multi-function active matrix liquid crystal displays
      Navigation system Digital electronics
      Communication Integrated radio management system with communications system open architecture (COSA)
      Flight controls system Quadruple-redundant electronic flight control with mechanical backup system
      Area 3,800 sq. ft. (353 sq. m)
      Aspect Ratio 7.165
      Sweep Angle 25 degrees
      Airfoil Type Supercritical
      Flaps Fixed-vane, double-slotted, simple-hinged
      Area 845 sq. ft. (78.50 sq. m)
      Span 65 feet (19.81 m)
      Aspect Ratio 5.0
      Sweep 27 degrees



      Feature Stories

      Boeing teams helping enable C-17 customers’ COVID-19 missions

      Boeing teams helping enable C-17 customers’ COVID-19 missions

      May 8, 2020 in Defense

      Boeing Global Services teams are proud to support the global C-17 fleet and the customers who fly them.

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      C-17 Sustainment in San Antonio

      C-17 Sustainment in San Antonio

      June 8, 2016 in Defense

      The Boeing facility in San Antonio, Texas has upgraded and delivered nearly 1,000 planes to customers around the world. Those aircraft include the C-17 Globemaster III fleet.

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      3 Million Hours

      3 Million Hours

      May 6, 2015 in Defense

      Boeing's C-17 Globemaster III worldwide fleet hit a major milestone be reaching three million flight hours, which was marked with a one-hour flight from Georgia to South Carolina.

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      C-17 final join

      The Last Join

      March 4, 2015 in Defense

      In Long Beach, Calif., Boeing teams piece together the nose, center fuselage, wings and tail of the final C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter to roll off the assembly line.

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      Birds Do it: Saving Energy in Flight

      June 6, 2014 in Innovation, Environment, Technology

      Saving energy is not an easy task but how do the Boeing engineers do it? The answer is flying above you.

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      From Long Beach to Charleston

      September 18, 2013 in Defense

      After more than two decades, Boeing’s C-17 Globemaster III will complete production in 2015, closing the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif.

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      Delivering realism, readiness and cost savings

      August 5, 2013 in Defense

      Members of the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio celebrate the opening of the first C-17 training center.

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      C-17 Globemaster III Customers

      Currently, 274 C-17s operate around the world. The aircraft's largest customer is the United States Air Force, with 223 in 12 bases. Outside of that country, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, India and the 12-nation Strategic Airlift Capability all operate the C-17 Globemaster III.

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        United Arab Emirates

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        United Kingdom

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        United States

      C-17 Quick Facts

      The C-17 can:

      • Take off from a 7,740-foot (2359.15-meter) airfield
      • Carry a payload of up to 164,900 pounds (74,797 kg)
      • Fly 6,230 nautical miles with no payload
      • Refuel while in flight
      • Land in 3,000 feet (914 meters) or less on a small unpaved or paved airfield in day or night.
      • Carry a cargo of wheeled U.S. Army vehicles in two side-by-side rows, including the U.S. Army's main battle tank, the M-1
      • Drop a single 60,000-pound (27,216-kilogram) payload, with sequential load drops of 110,000 pounds (49,895 kilograms)
      • Back up a 2-percent slope
      • Seat 54 on the sidewall and 48 in the centerline.