We are delighted to confirm that a C-17 Globemaster will be making an appearance at this years show.
The C-17 Globemaster III is capable of rapid, strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases, anywhere in the world. The design of the aircraft allows it to carry out high-angle, steep approaches at relatively slow speeds, thus allowing it to operate into small, austere airfields onto runways as short as 3,500ft long and only 90ft wide.
The C-17 can transport 45,360kg of freight more than 4,500nm whilst flying at heights in excess of 30,000ft. The C-17 gives the RAF a long range strategic heavy-lift transport aircraft that can operate close to a potential area of operations for combat, peace keeping or humanitarian missions worldwide.
The C-17 Globemaster III is the latest addition to the RAF’s inventory of transport aircraft. The aircraft can operate into and out of problematic sites such as those surrounded by inhospitable terrain or made difficult by adverse weather conditions. The fully-integrated, electronic flight-deck and the advanced cargo-handling systems allow a basic crew of only two pilots and one air loadmaster to operate the aircraft. On the ground, the aircraft can be turned in a very small radius and its four Pratt & Whitney engines are fully reversible, giving it the ability to manoeuvre into and out of restricted parking or freight-offload areas at undeveloped strips.