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C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 In Action

The C-17 In Action

The second wave of 188 Wake Island evacuees board a C-17 Globemaster III, from Hickam Air Force Base, Monday prior to Super Typhoon Ioke reaching the tiny U.S. territory. Ioke is expected to hit the island around 8.p.m. EDT Wednesday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Andrew Leonhard)

The second wave of 188 Wake Island evacuees board a C-17 Globemaster III, from Hickam Air Force Base, Monday prior to Super Typhoon Ioke reaching the tiny U.S. territory. Ioke is expected to hit the island around 8.p.m. EDT Wednesday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Andrew Leonhard)

C-17 Over Fly

C-17 Over Fly

C-17 Close up

C-17 Close up

C-17 and F15

C-17 and F15

C-17 dawn view

C-17 dawn view

C-17 Inside

C-17 Inside

C-17 Back cargo upload

C-17 Back cargo upload

C-17 In Action [Video]

Wake Island Typhoon loke [Video]

Hickam C-17 Support in Australia [Video]

The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force.  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 and can also transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.  The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 force improve the ability of the total airlift system to fulfill the worldwide air mobility requirements of the United States

On August 19, 2004 Hickam Air Force Base broke ground on the newest home for the Air Force's most modern airlifter.  On February 8, 2006, Team Hickam embraced C-17 No. 1, the "Spirit of Hawai'i - Ke Aloha" with a warm homecoming and welcomed its newest weapon system to the neighborhood.

On July 18, 2006, Team Hickam received its eighth and final C-17 Globemaster III aircraft .  The aircraft was named "Spirit of Kamehameha-Imua" (Imua: moving forward)  in honor of Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Hawaiian Islands in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries.   This marks the successful transformation for the 15th Airlift Wing from a support unit to an operational strategic airlift wing. The maintainers are a composite of active duty and Hawaii Air National Guard.

"C-17 Globemaster III" Facts & Figures By the numbers "

1 loadmasters it takes to fly the C-17

2 pilots it takes to fly the C-17

2 guard crews per new aircraft coming to Hickam

3 active duty crews per new aircraft coming to Hickam

3 crew members it takes to fly the C-17

5 crews per aircraft will be assigned to Hickam

8 number of C-17s that will complete the new mission on Hickam

8 designated crew chiefs. One per C-17.

9-17-05 Date of the second operation mission of the 535th Airlift Squadron (Marshall Islands emergency response)

15th Airlift Wing, parent to the 15th Operations Group

15th Operations Group, parent to the active duty 535th Airlift Squadron

36 number of 535th Airlift Squadron loadmasters that are projected to be assigned to Hickam.

38 number of 204th Airlift Squadron loadmasters that are projected to be assigned to Hickam.

44 number of 204th Airlift Squadron pilots that are projected to be assigned to Hickam

50 number of 535th Airlift Squadron pilots that are projected to be assigned to Hickam

102 paratroopers that can fit inside the jet

120 The number of miles of wiring in a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (193 kilometers).

154th designator for the Air National Guard wing

170 Painting a C-17 in its U.S. military gray uniform requires 170 gallons of paint in two coats totaling .003 inches thick and weighing 500 pounds when dry.

204th designator for the new guard airlift squadron

431 number of total strength of 15 MXG personnel projected to be assigned to Hickam.

535th designator for the new active duty airlift squadron

600 weight in pounds of medical supplies and equipment delivered during the second operational mission (Marshall Islands)

1993 year the C-17 entered the Air Force

28,000 weight of the simulator in pounds

36,500 maximum payload for a C-130

36,500+ payload a C-17 can carry on its hydraulic ramp alone (40,000lbs ramp total)

169,000 The number in pounds of the maximum payload capacity of the Boeing C-17
Globemaster III (76,050 kilograms).

170,900 lbs maximum weight in pounds of cargo that can be transported

$200,000,000 roughly the price tag of a C-17