The C-17, which is operated by nine countries, is widely considered to be the most flexible cargo aircraft.
It is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and cargo to main operating bases and directly to forward bases in deployment areas. It can also perform tactical airlift, airdrop missions and transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations.
The design of the aircraft (high-lift wing, slats and externally blown flaps) allows it to operate through small, austere airfields. It can take off and land on runways as short as 3,500 feet and only 90 feet wide.
While the AFLCMC team was responsible for delivering the last C-17, their work doesn’t stop there. The team will continue to support the U.S. Air Force and partner nations C-17 fleets for years to come, in sustainment and acquisition, ensuring they stay in flight and operational.