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Strategic Airlift Capability C-17 Globemaster

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NATO operates a fleet of three C-17 Globemaster transporters from Papa Air Base in Hungary, operated by the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW). The HAW is part of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) that provides its 12 member nations with the capability to transport cargo and personnel over long distances. 2019 marked the second visit of a NATO C-17 to the Air Tattoo.

The C-17 is a four engine high-wing aircraft with a large cargo hold capable of holding a payload of 77 tonnes across continents. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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