C-17s as far as the eye can see

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  • By Joshua J. Seybert
  • 911th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing and the 445th Airlift Wing sit on the flightline at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio on January 15, 2019. The aircraft assigned to the 911th AW are temporarily at Wright-Patterson AFB due to the 911th AW’s base conversion from the C-130 aircraft to the C-17 aircraft, including the addition of a new hangar and changes to the flightline. 

The C-17 Globemaster III is the most flexible cargo aircraft within the airlift force. It is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in deployed locations and has a maximum payload capacity of 170,900 pounds.

With a payload of 164,900 pounds and an initial cruise altitude of 28,000 feet the C-17 can fly approximately 2,400 nautical miles without being refueled.

The aircraft can take off and land on runways as short as 3,500 feet and only 90 feet wide.