US$202,299,000 US$23,811 per hour transport three P&W F117-PW-100 4- 40,440 lbf .ea. 269,000 lbs. 585,000 lbs. 173' 11" 168' 10" 134 troops 88' x 18' x 12' 243,135 lbs. 170,900 lbs. 450 mph 520 mph 2,000 fpm est. 45,000 feet 2,100 miles 9/15/91 1995
On August 28, 1981 the U.S. Government awarded Boeing (then McDonnell Douglas) a contract for a prototype aircraft with the ability to lift large cargos to and from short fields. On September 15, 1991, the C-17 Globemaster flew for the first time. On June 14, 1993 its deployment commenced.
The first C-17 Globemaster squadron became operational in Jan. 1995. Since then C-17 Globemaster aircraft have flown over two hundred thousand hours. Their reliability and maintainability are among the best in their class.
In regular operations C-17's are designed to operate on runways as short as 3,000 feet and as narrow as 90 feet in width. Cargo is loaded through an aft placed door which can accommodate virtually all of the U.S. Army's air transportable equipment.
On January 17, 1995, the aircraft were ready for world wide missions. On May 31,1996 the Air Force ordered an additional total of 80 C-17 Globemaster aircraft. In December of 2001 the total ordered was increased to 180. On September 21, 2006 the program was extended through 2010 with orders for ten more aircraft, bringing the total of all C-17 Globemaster aircraft to be produced to over 200.
On Sept. 14, 1997 eight C-17 Globemaster aircraft flew more than 7,780 miles in 20 hours from North Carolina, U.S.A. to Kazakhstan, in Eurasia, parachuting equipment and troops. It is the longest ever air drop mission.
Other C-17 Globemaster achievements are thirty three high performance world records. Many were achieved during normal flight testing. They include payload to altitude, time to climb and short take off and landing.
On Nov.17, 2001 a C-17 Globemaster took off in less than 1,400 feet, climbed to altitude, and then landed in less than 1,400 feet while carrying a 44,000 lb. load.
On Nov. 27, 2001 the C-17 Globemaster set a number of altitude records for carrying payloads in steady horizontal flight. These records included a payload of 88,200 lbs. at an altitude of 43,820 feet and a payload of 22,100 lbs. at an altitude of 45,500 feet.
Some 279 C-17 Globemaster aircraft were built before production ceased in 2015.
The C-17 Globemaster scratch built by Colin Straus is 1/9 scale with a wingspan of 20' 8 in. Made primarily of balsa and plywood, it has an all up weight of about 264 lbs. Powering it are four Jetcat P-120 turbine engines.
The scratch built C-17 Globemaster built by Dave Matthews has a wingspan of 17' 0". Length is 17' 3". Power comes from 4x RAM 750F turbines putting out 20 lbs. of thrust each. All up weight is 200 lbs.