In an event attended by hundreds of Boeing employees and aviation enthusiasts, the last Boeing C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft built at the manufacturer’s Long Beach, California, facility completed a flyover of Long Beach Airport before heading to San Antonio, where its new owner, the Qatar government, will pick it up in early 2016. This C-17 Globemaster is notable for being the last civilian or military aircraft to be built in the state of California-at least for now.
In September 2013, Boeing announced that it would close the Long Beach C-17 Globemaster plant-ending seven decades of aircraft production at that facility.
The C-17 Globemaster is manned by a pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit, with room for two observers.
Housed in the C-17 Globemaster’s cockpit, the digital avionics system consists of four Honeywell multi-function cathode-ray tube displays, a duo of head-up displays (HUDs), two Lockheed Martin central processing computers, a single Hamilton Sundstrand data management computer, twin Honeywell air data computers, and cargo systems. The electronic flight control system is redundant four-times-over, ensuring backup systems are in place.
Backed by four Pratt & Whitney PW2040 turbofan engines providing 40,400 pounds of thrust each, the C-17 Globemaster cruises at speed between Mach 0.74 and 0.77. Without refueling, the C-17 Globemaster can carry a payload of 160,000 pounds for a range of 2,400 nautical miles. With refueling, the C-17 Globemaster can fly non-stop intercontinentally.
In May 1995, the C-17 Globemaster team received the famed Collier Trophy-declaring the cargo lifter the top aeronautical achievement of the year.
To date, Boeing has delivered more than 260 C-17 Globemasters to operator’s worldwide-including 223 aircraft to the US Air Force and 37 aircraft to Australia, Canada, Kuwait, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and NATO’s 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability alliance. The members of the NATO C-17 alliance include ten NATO nations (Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States) and two Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations (Finland and Sweden).
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