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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, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

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, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Senior Airman Vincent Holmes, home station check technician with the 911th Maintenance Squadron, plugs a communication cable into a panel of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, January 15, 2019. The C-17 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, requiring members of the 911th Maintenance Group to be away from their home station to work on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Senior Airman Vincent Holmes, home station check technician with the 911th Maintenance Squadron, plugs a communication cable into a panel of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, January 15, 2019. The C-17 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, requiring members of the 911th Maintenance Group to be away from their home station to work on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- 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.