In February 2009, the US Air Force awarded a $2.95 billion contract to Boeing for the addition of fifteen C-17s.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster
III is a T-tailed, high-wing transport vehicle for the military. Its four engine makeup allows it to carry weights up to 169,000 pounds (76,657 kg), thus accommodating a crew of three, including the pilot, co-pilot, and loadmaster.
Through the utilization of an engine exhaust and propulsive lift system, the C-17 can land on small airfields and short runways. Another design feature is its backing capabilities, allowing a thrust reverse on up to a two percent gradient slope. Furthermore, Boeing used a multifunction cathode-ray tube display designed by Honeywell.
The flight control system is backed up by a mechanical-actuator system. In addition to the Honeywell system, Boeing used two Lockheed Martin processors, one Hamilton Sundstrand management computer, four Pratt & Whitney PW2040 turbofan engines, and a Northrop Grumman infrared countermeasures system. The PW2040 turbofans is a military designation-F117-PW-100 with a 40,440 pound thrust, reaching a cruise speed between Mach 0.74 and 0.77.
Several international orders have been place for the Boeing C-17 throughout the years. NATO purchased three C-17s in September 2006. Two years later, Qatar announced a contract for two C-17s, with the last delivered in 2009. A $4.1 billion contract was placed by the Indian Ministry of Defense for ten C-17s as long as the aircraft met the Indian military’s requirements. With no surprise, the C-17 exceeded all expectations was delivered throughout the following years.
The Boeing Company
has flourished since its founding in July 1916. With over 745 different aircrafts and 10 satellites, the company has expanded to more than 165,529 employees as of the end of 2014. This company will continue to expand with the C-17 and other extraordinary aircrafts.
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