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C-17 Highlights Air Mobility Command at Oshkosh

C-17 flying at dusk

A C-17 Globemaster III based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state will attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022, and will be showcasing the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command. The aircraft will be at AirVenture on Sunday, July 24, through Sunday, July 31, based on Boeing Plaza. It will also fly aerial demonstrations on Thursday, July 28; Saturday, July 30; and Sunday, July 31, during the afternoon air shows starting at 2:30 p.m. During these demo flights, you will see the pilots push the C-17 to its limits and demonstrate the use of advanced technology within the aircraft.

The C-17 Globemaster III is the U.S. Air Force’s premier airlifter; capable of delivering troops and different types of cargo all over the world. This aircraft is 174 feet long and has a wingspan of 169 feet, 10 inches, with a maximum payload capacity of 170,900 pounds. The C-17’s maximum takeoff weight is 585,000 pounds and — depending on cargo weight — only needs a 3,500 foot runway to land.

Three pilots and one loadmaster are required to fly C-17 demonstrations. Demo team members are highly experienced aircrew that undergo an immense amount of training to be able to conduct the demo profiles efficiently and professionally. There is an especially high standard set for the pilots that strive for perfection every time they fly when performing in air shows.

The C-17 is also a part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. Activities to celebrate the anniversary include appearances by a variety of aircraft in the daily air shows, static displays, and evening programming at Theater in the Woods on Saturday, July 30.

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