• C-17 Globemaster III delivers the best value in its class and the most affordable and complete airlift solution

    November 26, 2012

    The Royal Australian Air Force is a valued Boeing C-17 Globemaster III customer, with the sixth aircraft as part of the fleet arriving at RAAF Base Amberley and the No 36 Squadron on the 22nd of November, strengthening the RAAF”s ability to meet its domestic and worldwide operational requirements.

    The C-17 is characterised as a high-wing, T-tailed military-transport aircraft, capable of carrying large equipment along with supplies and troops directly to small airfields. These characteristics plus the airlines ability to land on short, austere runways makes it ideal for the region and the only airlifter that meets the RAAF’s demanding airlift requirements.

    The aircraft has flown long distances and landed in remote areas, delivering the best value in its class and the most affordable and complete airlift solution.

    They are an essential part of Australia’s capacity to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, playing a vital role in the relief efforts after, Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland and the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand and Japan.

    Imagery from the event, once available, will be uploaded here.

    A media release issued by the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Defence Materiel is available here.

    A media release from the delivery ceremony event in the United States is available here.