VIDEO: C-17 on top of the world

A Canadian Forces combat crew captured the first landing of a Boeing C-17 at CFS Alert station in Nunavut Territory — basically, as close to the North Pole as the C-17 will ever get. A Canadian air force press release notes the C-17 can haul three times the cargo of the C-130. On this trip, however, it appears only one pallet of supplies was unloaded, and it mainly consisted of cans of soda!


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5 Responses to VIDEO: C-17 on top of the world

  1. Atomic Walrus 18 August, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    A couple of shuttle buses pulled up to the aircraft as well, so pretty likely that the C-17 was carrying 20-30 personnel as well. Also, are you sure that wasn’t beer? I mean, using a whole C-17 to fly some Coke up there would be kind of silly, but beer would be totally different…

  2. Stephen Trimble 18 August, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Excellent points.

  3. Dave 19 August, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    What the video doesn’t tell you is that it was shot in the middle of a warm Canadian summer…

  4. Bern 20 August, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    508 miles from the North Pole? Yeah, I guess that *was* the middle of a warm summer for that part of Canada… :-D

  5. Gilles 24 August, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    One of the passengers kept a Blog about the trip. In addition to that pallet, there were about 8 passengers on board when it landed and less when it left. To keep the aircraft light enough, the C-17 was refuelled every time it came to Alert, with just enough fuel to make it back to Thule (which can be seen in the video). Mind you the fuel at Alert is flown in on C-130 chalks and costs top dollar. If a C-17 needs to fuel up when it lands in Alert in order to be able to make it to Thule, it probably means that it will never be used for the Boxtop Operations, which will continue to be done in C-130s.

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