Air Force Globemaster flypast of Archerfield Airport Open House

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Crowds at the Archerfield Airport Open House on Saturday, October 13, will see Air Force’s giant C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft in the skies at midday.

The Globemaster will conduct two flypasts, beginning with a low-speed pass at 300km/h, approaching the airport from the West and overflying Runway 10R. It will then circle around to the South of Archerfield Airport, and make a second high-speed pass at 600km/h.

Both flypasts will be at an altitude of 100 metres. Please note that these flypasts may be subject to cancellation or delay due to variables including air traffic control, weather, and operational availability.

Powered by four turbofan engines, the colossal C-17A Globemaster is flown by the Air Force’s No. 36 Squadron at nearby RAAF Base Amberley. The squadron has historic ties to Archerfield Airport, operating a detachment of aircraft there during the Second World War.

Today, the squadron’s Globemasters are tasked with supporting operations around the globe, including recent relief efforts to Indonesia following the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi.

Air Force operates a fleet of eight Globemasters, which have been used for delivering cargo and personnel everywhere from ice runways in Antarctica to the searing heat of the Middle East.

Inside the Globemaster, the aircraft’s cavernous cargo bay can accommodate more than 70 tonnes of cargo, including a single Chinook helicopter, or two semi-trailers, or 18 pallets of cargo.

The aircraft can also be configured for aero-medical evacuation missions, being able to carry six high-dependency patients.

Through the use of air-to-air refuelling, the Globemaster has almost unlimited range.

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