Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

How to Take Care of the Mammoth Boeing C-17 Globemaster

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large T-tailed military transport aircraft that was developed for the U.S. Air Force. Boeing builds and maintains the aircraft for nine countries worldwide. Photographs by Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airplanes sit inside a hangar during maintenance operations at Boeing's Global Services & Support facility in San Antonio, Texas. 

Warning tags hang from a control panel on the flight deck of a C-17. The cockpit seats two pilots. 

The wingspan to winglet tip is 169.8 feet, according to Boeing. 

The C-17 can carry a payload of up to 164,900 pounds.

The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command insignia is displayed outside a hangar.

The fuselage of a C-17. The plane can refuel while in flight.

The plane seats 54 on the sidewall and 48 in the centerline.

A maintenance technician works on a jet engine. The plane can fly 6,230 nautical miles with no payload.

The planes are maintained by Boeing for Australia, Canada, India, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and the Strategic Airlift Capability consortium of NATO.

The plane can carry a cargo of wheeled military vehicles in two side-by-side rows. It can even carry the U.S. Army's main battle tank, the M1.

The C-17 can take off from a 7,740-foot airfield and land in 3,000 feet or less.