McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III

The Boeing (originally McDonnell Douglas) C-17 Globemaster III is a large American airlifter manufactured by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, and operated by the United States Air Force, British Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Canadian Forces. NATO and Qatar will also acquire the airlifter. 

The C-17 Globemaster III 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. It is also capable of performing tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop missions. The C-17 takes its name from two previous United States cargo aircraft, the C-74 Globemaster and the C-124 Globemaster II. 

The C-17 is designed to operate from runways as short as 3,500 ft (1,064 m) and as narrow as 90 ft (27 m). In addition, the C-17 can operate out of unpaved, unimproved runways (although there is the increased possibility of damage to the aircraft). The thrust reversers can be used to back the aircraft and reverse direction on narrow taxiways using a three-point (or in some cases, multi-point) turn maneuver.

McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III
Class Aircraft
Type Transport
Manufacturer McDonnell Douglas
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1991
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
McDonnell Douglas 179 View

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3: 2 pilots, 1 loadmaster
  • Capacity:
    • 102 troops or
    • 36 litter and 54 ambulatory patients
  • Payload: 170,900 lb (77,519 kg) of cargo distributed at max over 18 463L master pallets or a mix of palletized cargo and vehicles
  • Length: 174 ft (53 m)
  • Wingspan: 169.8 ft (51.75 m)
  • Height: 55.1 ft (16.8 m)
  • Wing area: 3,800 ft (353 m)
  • Empty weight: 282,500 lb (128,100 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 585,000 lb (265,350 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 x Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans, 40,440 lbf (180 kN) each
  • Fuel capacity: 35,546 US gal (134,556 L)


  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.76 (450 knots, 515 mph, 830 km/h)
  • Range: 2,420 nmi (2,785 mi, 4,482 km)
  • Service ceiling 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
  • Max wing loading: 150 lb/ft (750 kg/m)
  • Minimum thrust/weight: 0.277

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