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The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military airlift aircraft is capable of carrying payloads up to 169,000 pounds, with international range and the ability to land on small airfields. A fully integrated electronic cockpit and advanced cargo systems allow a crew of three, the pilot, copilot and loadmaster, to operate all systems on any type of mission.

In 1998, eight C-17s completed the longest airdrop mission in history, flying more than 8,000 nautical miles from the United States to Central Asia, dropping troops and equipment after more than 19 hours in the air.

The aircraft is capable of turning in a small radius and can complete a 180 degree star turn in 80 feet. The aircraft can also carry out routine backing. A fully loaded aircraft is capable of backing up a 2% gradient slope using the directed flow thrust reversers.

During normal testing, C-17s set 22 world records, including payload to altitude time-to-climb, and short takeoff and landing (STOL) mark in which the C-17 took off in less than 1,400 feet, carried a payload of 44,000 pounds to altitude, and landed in less than 1,400 feet.

Sub-class : C-1s
(Landplanes: take off weight 250 000 to 300 000 kg) Group 3 : Turbo-Jet

Altitude with 60 000 kg payload:

11 171 m

Altitude with 70 000 kg payload:

 9 805 m

Greatest mass carried to height of 2000 m:

73 039 kg

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