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BOEING C-17 Globemaster 3

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Name C-17 Globemaster 3
Manufacturer BOEING
Body Wide
Wing Fixed Wing
Position High wing (winglets)
Tail T-tail
WTC Heavy
Type code L4J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

BOEING Globemaster 3
BOEING C-17 Globemaster 3
BOEING CC-177 Globemaster III
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS C-17 Globemaster 3

BOEING C-17 Globemaster 3

BOEING C-17 Globemaster 3 BOEING C-17 Globemaster 3 3D


Long range heavy cargo transporter. In service since 1992. Designed to replace the LOCKHEED C-141. KC-17 tanker to replace USAF KC-135.

Technical Data

Wing span 51.8 m169.948 ft <br />
Length 53 m173.885 ft <br />
Height 16.8 m55.118 ft <br />
Powerplant 4 x 185 kN P&W PW2040 (USAF: F117-PW-100) turbofans.
Engine model Pratt & Whitney PW2000, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) 125 kts IAS 145 kts IAS 300 kts IAS 300 kts MACH 0.74 TAS 460 kts MACH 0.76 IAS 300 kts IAS 230 kts Vapp (IAS) 115 kts
Distance 2360 m ROC 2000 ft/min ROC 1500 ft/min ROC 1500 ft/min ROC 1000 ft/min MACH 0.76 ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 3000 ft/min MCS kts Distance 915 m
MTOW 265350265,350 kg <br />265.35 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL450 ROD 1500 ft/min APC B
WTC H Range 50005,000 nm <br />9,260,000 m <br />9,260 km <br />30,380,577.45 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving C17

  • B763, en-route, mid North Atlantic, 2011 (On 14 January 2011 an Air Canada Boeing 767-300 was midway across the Atlantic Ocean eastbound at night when the First Officer, who had just woken from an exceptionally long period in-seat rest, suddenly but erroneously perceived a collision risk from oncoming traffic and without warning intervened to dive the aircraft before the Captain could stop him causing 16 occupant injuries. His behaviour was attributed to the effect of ‘sleep inertia’ following a much longer period of sleep than permitted by Air Canada procedures. It was concluded that many Air Canada pilots did not understand the reasoning behind these procedures.)