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C-17 Globemaster III
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The McDonnell Douglas (now owned by Boeing) C-17 was designed to fulfill airlift needs well into the new century. Boeing is on contract with the Air Force to build and deliver 120 C-17s through 2004. The Air Force declared the first C-17 squadron operational in January 1995. Since then the fleet has amassed more than 200,000 flying hours. In 1998, eight C-17s completed the longest airdrop mission in history, flying more than 8,000 nautical miles from the United States to Central Asia, dropping troops and equipment after more than 19 hours in the air. In February 1999, President Bill Clinton presented the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for business excellence to Boeing Airlift and Tanker Programs, maker of the C-17. In May 1995, the C-17 received the prestigious Collier Trophy, symbolizing the top aeronautical achievement of 1994. During normal testing, C-17s set 22 world records, including payload to altitude time-to-climb and the short takeoff and landing mark, in which the C-17 took off in less than 1,400 feet, carried a payload of 44,000 pounds to altitude, and landed in less than 1,400 feet.

C-17 Specifications
Prime Contractor Boeing [McDonnell Douglas Corp.]
Power Plant Four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW- 100 turbofan engines
Thrust (each engine) 40,900 pounds
Wingspan 170 feet 9 inches (to winglet tips) (51.81 meters)
Length 173 feet 11 inches (53.04 meters)
Height 55 feet 1 inch (16.79 meters)

Cargo Compartment Length - 85 feet 2 inches (26 meters);
width - 18 feet (5.48 meters);
height - 12 feet 4 inches (3.76 meters) forward of the wing and 13 feet 6 inches (4.11 meters) aft of the wing

Speed 500 mph (Mach .77)
Service Ceiling 45,000 feet at cruising speed (13,716 meters)
Range Unlimited with in-flight refueling
Crew Three (two pilots and one loadmaster)
Maximum Peacetime Takeoff Weight 585,000 pounds (265,306 kilos)

Load 102 troops/paratroops;
48 litter and 54 ambulatory patients and attendants;
170,900 pounds (76,644 kilos) of cargo (18 pallet positions)

Date Deployed June 1993