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

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    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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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