The C-17 Globemaster III is the heir apparent to the airlift legacy established by the C-141. The C-17 has performed masterfully in several conflicts since coming to Charleston in 1993, most recently in the Global War on Terrorism. The holder of 33-world aviation records recently achieved another remarkable milestone by flying its one millionth hour. (USAF Historical Photo)
C-5A Galaxy history spotlight graphic (U.S. Air Force graphic).
C-141B Starlifter history spotlight graphic, U.S. Air Force graphic
AC-130 Gunship, history spotlight graphic, U.S. Air Force graphic
DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas C-124C Globemaster at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed EC-121D Constellation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
C-119J, history spotlight graphic, U.S. Air Force graphic
DAYTON, Ohio -- Beech C-45H Expeditor at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
1940's -- The B-24 "Liberator" was suitable for long, over-water missions. (U.S. Air Force photo)
C-47 Skytrain, history spotlight graphic, U.S. Air Force graphic
The B-17 Flying Fortress served in every World War II combat zone, but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets.
U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet
437th AIRLIFT WING
With 51 assigned C-17A Globemaster III aircraft, the 437th Airlift Wing provides a significant portion of Air Mobility Command's Global Reach airlift capability. The precise, flexible and responsive air mobility capability provided by the wing backs U.S. resolve and promotes worldwide stability.
MISSION AND VISION
The 437th Airlift Wing's mission is to safely provide precise, reliable airlift worldwide, and its vision is to continue as the Nation's Airlift Wing of Choice...leading through Excellence and Innovation! The wing commands assigned airlift and supporting units to maintain assigned C-17A aircraft, load and unload passengers, out-sized equipment, bulk cargo and aeromedical evacuation. The Wing delivers passengers, equipment and supplies whenever and wherever required via airland or airdrop missions. The 437 AW trains and executes the only C-17A special operations capability in the Air Force.
Apart from its heavy airdrop commitment and a demanding humanitarian role, the 437th Airlift Wing's missions range from supporting U.S. Embassies to supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters, to special operations, to airdropping forces or vital supplies into the heart of contingency operations in hostile areas. The wing also supports the Denton Amendment program. The Denton program provides free space available transportation to non-profit organizations providing humanitarian cargo to over eleven countries.
The 437th Airlift Wing was the first operational C-17A wing in the Air Force. The wing's current fleet of 51 C-17A Globemaster III aircraft is valued at $11.5 billion, or $212 million per aircraft. Since its fielding, the C-17A has set or broken 33 world records to include payload to altitude, time to climb, and short takeoff and landing marks.
The C-17 cruises at approximately 500 miles per hour at 28,000 feet (Mach .74). It also has a global range with in-flight refueling. Its maximum load is 170,900 pounds, and it can fit two large buses, three helicopters, one of the Army's newest tanks or other outsized cargo. In addition, it features a control stick as opposed to a traditional yoke and a heads-up display. It can airdrop both cargo or up to 102 paratroopers, and is able to land on small, austere runways as short as 3,000 feet with a full load. A basic C-17A crew consists of pilot, co-pilot, and loadmaster.
The 437th Airlift Wing is comprised of two operational groups:
· 437th Operations Group distinguishes itself by projection of America's global reach through direct delivery, airdrop and air refueling.
· 437th Maintenance Group is dedicated to performing organizational and intermediate-level maintenance on all assigned C-17 aircraft; also provides loading and unloading expertise for all cargo and personnel.
437 AW AIRCRAFT PAST AND PRESENT
C-119 Flying Boxcar
C-124 Globemaster II
C-17 Globemaster III
(Current as of May 21, 2013)