The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-17A Globemaster III

The C-17A Globemaster III. (Courtesy photo)

The C-17A Globemaster III. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --

Manufacturer: Boeing

Function: Cargo and Troop Transport

Service Date: 1993

Speed: 518 mph

Crew: Three

Production: 223 (planned) Inventory: 213

Commentary: The first C-17 operational strategic brigade airdrop occurred in March 2003, when a formation of 15 aircraft delivered a US Army brigade, complete with equipment, directly into northern Iraq.