An aircraft that gives the RAF a long range strategic heavy-lift transport capability will take part in a unique flypast of the RAF's present and future giant airlift fleet at this summer's Air Tattoo.
The C-17A Globemaster III enables the RAF to project and sustain an effective force close to a potential area of operations for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions worldwide.
It is capable of rapid, strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases anywhere in the world, or directly to more temporary forward operating bases owing to its short field capability.
The design of the aircraft allows it to carry out high-angle, steep approaches at relatively slow speeds, thus allowing it to operate into small, austere airfields onto runways as short as 3,500ft long and only 90ft wide. The aircraft can operate into and out of problematic sites such as those surrounded by inhospitable terrain or made difficult by adverse weather conditions.
The C-17A gives the RAF the ability to project and sustain an effective force close to a potential area of operations for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions worldwide. The aircraft is a declared part of the UK's Joint Rapid Reaction Force and the RAF is currently the only European Force which can offer 'outsize airlift' assets from within its own inventory.