Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
C-17A Globemaster III

The Royal Australian Air Force operates six C-17A Globemaster heavy transport aircraft. The Globemaster is operated by No 36 Squadron from RAAF Base Amberley, near Brisbane.

The C-17A Globemaster is a high-wing four-engine heavy transport. It has three times the carrying capacity of the C-130 Hercules, allowing Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.

The Globemaster is large enough to transport an M1A1 Abrams tank, Black Hawk, Seahawk or Chinook helicopters, three Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters or five Bushmaster infantry vehicles.

It significantly enhances our ability to support national and international operations, and major disaster relief efforts.

Manufacturer Boeing
Role Strategic airlift and heavy multi-role transport
Crew Pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster
Engine Four Pratt and Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans (40,440 lbs thrust each)
Airframe Length: 53 m, height: 16.8 m
Wingspan 51.8 m
Max Weight 265,352 kg
Cruise Speed 830 km/h
Ceiling 45,000 feet
Range 10,389km (carrying 18,143 kg payload)

Depending on configuration:

  • 102 troops;
  • 54 ambulatory and 36 stretcher patients; or
  • 77,519 kg of cargo