Globe­mas­ter C-17 ar­guably the most ef­fi­cient air­lifter

The Farn­bor­ough skies were clear and a team of in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ists, in­clud­ing yours truly, were all set for a sor­tie on the heav­i­est air­lifter of Boe­ing, the Globe­mas­ter C-17. How­ever, that was not to be as the British au­thor­i­ties did not ‘clear’ th


[By ers will in­crease the or­der af­ter a ‘hands-on’ ex­pe­ri­ence. Boe­ing will work to­wards cre­at­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence. SP’s: What is the mar­ket out­look for the Globe­mas­ter C-17? Dune­hew: We have an or­der back­log of 20 air­craft. We are talk­ing to about six in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers with fo­cus on the Mid­dle East and Asia-Pa­cific. We have re­vised our pro­duc­tion rate, bring­ing it down from 15 to 10 based on the mar­ket out­look. We will keep it at that as it is vi­able in the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion. Yes, low pro­duc­tion rate, job cuts are hap­pen­ing but we en­sure that the air­craft is af­ford­able. SP’s: How do you com­pare it with other sim­i­lar air­craft or the A400M? Dune­hew: One, the Globe­mas­ter C-17 is a big­ger air­craft. The air­plane can fly long strate­gic dis­tances with over­sized cargo. It is very ca­pa­ble and very flex­i­ble. It can take-off and land on run­ways as short as 3,000 feet and semi-pre­pared ones. It is ar­guably one of the most ef­fi­cient heavy air­lifters, very re­li­able and low-risk. The C-17 is ef­fi­cient and af­ford­able and scores highly over the oth­ers. SP’s: What is unique about the air­craft? Dune­hew: Like I said it is very ef­fi­cient and we have sat­is­fied cus­tomers talk­ing about the quick turn­around times and its air­lift ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We brought a Lakota he­li­copter on this to the air­show. De­pend­ing on the cargo, we have quick turn­around times with max up to three hours. As for troops, they are self-load­ing and we can fit in about 160 troops in dou­ble-quick time.

Globe­mas­ter C-17

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