November 22 - A forward-deployed III and its crew achieved a major milestone in October by delivering the millionth ton of Theater Direct Delivery cargo to U.S. Central Command. The aircraft and crew, assigned to the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, delivered the cargo to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 21. The cargo load included priority unit equipment and supplies for troops supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
November 18 - The 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing at Papa, Air Base, Hungry, flew its first C-17 combat mission without U.S. Air Force crew members aboard. On the same mission, the C-17 was the first of the HAW's three C-17s to accumulate more than 1,000 flying hours of the nearly 2,800 hours flown since the unit's activation in July, 2009.
November 16 - Boeing delivered the United Kingdom's seventh C-17 Globemaster III to the Royal Air Force during a ceremony at Boeing's final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif. The UK's fleet of C-17s has logged more than 60,000 flight hours, and this year supported humanitarian and disaster-relief missions to Pakistan, Haiti and Chile.
November 8 - President Barack Obama announced that India has reached a preliminary agreement with the U.S. to acquire 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.
October 23 - Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force's 204th C-17, which is now assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.
October 6 - U.S. Air Force C-17s and C-130s have delivered more than 10 million pounds of aid in support of the international flood relief efforts in Pakistan. An average of four to six C-130 and C-17 transports delivered aid throughout Pakistan each day. At Pakistan's request, the U.S. military ended its flood relief support on Oct. 3.
October 1 - Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force's 203rd C-17, which is now assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
September 24 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of one Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and associated parts, equipment and logistics support.
September 21 - Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force's 202nd C-17, which now operates out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
August 23 -- Two U.S. Air Force C-17s from Joint Base McChord-Lewis, Washington, departed for Pakistan, carrying supplies in support of humanitarian relief operations in Pakistan. Massive flooding has left millions of residents homeless.
August 22 -- Royal Air Force C-17s delivered 45 tons of aid, including tents, food, and medical supplies to flood-stricken Pakistan.
August 20 -- Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force's 201st C-17 during a ceremony at its Long Beach final assembly facility. The advanced airlifter joined the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base McChord-Lewis, Washington.
August 1 -- A U.S. Air Force C-17 delivered international assistance to Islamabad, Pakistan, in response to catastrophic monsoon flooding in that country. The flight, flown by the 385th Air Expeditionary Group out of Bagram Airfield, delivered more than 44,000 meals.
July 30 -- Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force's 200th C-17 during a ceremony at its Long Beach final assembly facility. P-200 is assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
June 16 -- Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force's 199th C-17 Globemaster III during a ceremony at its Long Beach final assembly facility. Brig. Gen. Timothy Zadalis piloted the advanced airlifter to its new home at McGuire AFB, New Jersey.
May 16 -- A U.S. Air Force C-17 assigned to the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Southwest Asia.delivered 100,000 pounds of humanitarian supplies valued at $250,000 to Tajikistan, following two weeks of flooding and mudslides in the nation. The flooding, caused by heavy annual rains, killed at least 24 people, destroyed homes, schools and flooded hundreds of roadways.
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A high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed military-transport aircraft, the multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night. The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions. It has delivered cargo in every worldwide operation since the 1990.
The C-17's ability to fly long distances and land in remote airfields in rough, land-locked regions make it a premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. It can:
- Take off from a 7,600-ft. airfield, carry a payload of 160,000 pounds, fly 2,400 nautical miles, refuel while in flight and land in 3,000 ft. or less on a small unpaved or paved airfield in day or night.
- Carry a cargo of wheeled U.S. Army vehicles in two side-by-side rows, including the U.S. Army's main battle tank, the M-1. Three Bradley infantry-fighting vehicles comprise one load.
- Drop a single 60,000-lb. payload, with sequential load drops of 110,000 lb.
- Back up a two-percent slope.
- Seat 54 on the sidewall and 48 in the centerline.