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The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the USAF's airlift fleet. 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. The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 force improves the ability of the total airlift system to fulfil the worldwide air mobility requirements of the United States. This aircraft is from the 701st Airlift Squadron, part of 315 Airlift Wing of the USAF Reserve Command, based at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.