C-17 Globemaster heavy transport

C-17 Globemaster arrives at RAAF Base AmberleyThe Royal Australian Air Force received the first of four C-17 Globemaster heavy transports in December 2006 and the second in May 2007. The Globemaster is operated by No 36 Squadron from RAAF Base Amberley, near Brisbane.

The C-17 Globemaster is a high-wing four-engine heavy transport. It has three times the carrying capacity of the C-130 Hercules, allowing Australia to rapidly deploy troops, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world. The Globemaster is large enough to transport the M1A1 Abrams tank, Black Hawk, Seahawk or Chinook helicopters, three Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters or five Bushmaster infantry vehicles.

It significantly enhances our ability to support national and international operations, and major disaster relief efforts.

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Boeing C-17 Globemaster III technical specifications
Manufacturer Boeing
Role Heavy multi-role transport and strategic airlift
Crew Three; two pilots and a loadmaster
Engine Four Pratt and Whitney PW2040 turbofans (40,440 lbs thrust each)
Airframe Length: 53m, height: 16.8m
Wingspan 51.7m
Weight 72,500kg payload
Speed 800km/h (cruising speed)
Range 4,500km

Depending on configuration:

  • 134 troops
  • 90 stretcher patients
  • tanks, helicopters, infantry vehicles