Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)

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C-17 doesnt have an unprepared landing cpability like the a400m or c130, allthough it takes measures to protect the engines, it cant escape the 4 big FOD hoovers strapped under the wings.

If it did land on a gravel runway it would allmost definately need an engine rebuild. Instead C-17's occasionally operate from specially prepared runways, like we see in the video, to make operations safe.

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USAF C17A Rough Field Takeoff.
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Not an RAF one but didn't think we'd see one of these thru the Mach Loop...after A400, now C-17, next up the C-5 Galaxy.... :D


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:shock:
Amazing. Must be the biggest thing to fly through there ?

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Dahedd wrote::shock:
Amazing. Must be the biggest thing to fly through there ?
Time to petition parliament for a VC25A when Trump visits.

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Dahedd wrote:Amazing. Must be the biggest thing to fly through there ?
Can't imagine anything bigger ever going through....unless a B-1 into Fairford decides to have a crack...

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I was wondering if a Vulcan might have gone through at some state though ?

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Dahedd wrote:I was wondering if a Vulcan might have gone through at some state though ?

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SKB wrote:
Dahedd wrote:I was wondering if a Vulcan might have gone through at some state though ?

;)
Wow

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XH558 did do some runs down some valleys, not the Mach Loop, not exactly in the weeds but very impressive, I'll see if I can find them...

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RAF C-17's are assisting the French with their relief efforts in St Martin:




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Bet the French AF are wishing they'd been able to pick up the 'white tail' C17s before they all went. Domestic French politics would have probably scuppered any purchase I guess.

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Does anyone know how long it would take to get a Merlin or Wildcat operational after being transported in a C-17?

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A couple of hours. Not unreasonable to fly a handful out and get them flying within a day.
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Poiuytrewq wrote:Does anyone know how long it would take to get a Merlin or Wildcat operational after being transported in a C-17?
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that folding isn't enough, they have to detach the tail to make it fit.
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What happened to that weird cradle that was tested back when the septic's wanted Merlin? Didn't need to take bits off with that, did they?

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shark bait wrote:A couple of hours. Not unreasonable to fly a handful out and get them flying within a day.
I wonder where you got that figure from?

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topman wrote:
shark bait wrote:A couple of hours. Not unreasonable to fly a handful out and get them flying within a day.
I wonder where you got that figure from?
All his first hand experience obvs!

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Highly unusual very low level flight of a C17 over south east Essex 14:00 today near Basildon & Southend.
Could not see if it was RAF or USAF.

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Phil R wrote:Highly unusual very low level flight of a C17 over south east Essex 14:00 today near Basildon & Southend.
Could not see if it was RAF or USAF.

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https://www.defensenews.com/global/euro ... epartment/

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department on Thursday OK’d two potential arms deals for a pair of NATO allies.

The Netherlands was cleared to purchase 34 Patriot Advanced Capability‑3 (PAC-3) missiles, with an estimated price tag of $241 million. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, was cleared to purchase $401.3 million worth of logistics support for its fleet of C-17 aircraft.

The U.K. request includes “aircraft component spare and repair parts; accessories; publications and technical documentation; software and software support; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support” for its C-17s. Boeing will be the prime contractor.

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In case anyone’s concerned by the omission of the C-17 on this image of the Illustrative Force of 2035 released today:

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It was a mistake and there’s no plan to axe the C-17. The image will be updated. Source: This Tweet citing a senior RAF source

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The Armchair Soldier wrote: It was a mistake and there’s no plan to axe the C-17.
Air support (more than just transport) will cost £18.6 bn to acquire and support over the coming 10 years... more than combat air @ £17.8 bn
... so would not have been a surprise (but equally would have run totally against "Global Britain").
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