On this day in 1991: C-17 Globemaster performed first flight

In 1980 the US Air Force wanted a new tactical airlifter that could be refuelled in flight and land with large loads on austere landing strips. The C-17 was the answer and it would be built to replace the Lockheed Martin C-141 Starlifter tactical cargo aircraft.  

Stephen Trimble, Flightglobal’s Americas managing editor, wrote a post on his DEW Line blog : IMAGES: Lockheed’s stealth C-130 successor revealed

In the archive:

C-17 profile page including content from Flightglobal and the wider web  

RIAT: New tail scheme marks RAF’s first decade of C-17 use

Heavy duty: RAF prepares to mark first decade of C-17 use

10th anniversary of C-17′s RAF operations

Buy a C-17 model

Buy a C-17 cutaway print

Asian Skies blog: Could SIngapore buy C-17s?

 

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