62nd AIRLIFT WING – C-17 WEAT COAST DEMONSTRATION TEAM AMC/FLAG SET

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C-17 WEST COAST DEMONSTRATION TEAM

The C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration Team is hosted by the 62d Airlift Wing at McCord AFB, WA.

The main mission of the demo team is to showcase the capabilities of the C-17 Globemaster III. When going to air shows, the team is the ambassador for the Air Force by interacting with air show fans and meeting community leaders.

The demo team flies three different profiles. One is six minutes long, another is 10 minutes in length, and the third and most common is the 12- minute profile. The profile length is determined by the time slotted for the C-17.

An air show profile is not much different from what 62d Airlift Wing C-17 pilots perform during real-world missions across the Pacific. However, an air show demands that the demo team take its flying to the next level with precision and speed in putting on a proper demonstration for crowds, although the profile is not much different from an operational mission, it is very fast-paced.

A C-17 demo team is made up of a four-person team. Being a member of the demo team requires a high level of experience in the C-17, meeting training requirements and senior leadership approval. Veteran pilots who have been instructors, evaluators or aircraft commanders are selected. Training begins in a C-17 simulator and extends to flying the profiles and ground training, all to ensure safety and precision flying.

 

C-17 Globemaster III

Mission. The C-17 Globemaster III is the most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. 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. The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 force improve the ability of the total airlift system to fulfill the worldwide air mobility requirements of the United States.

The ultimate measure of airlift effectiveness is the ability to rapidly project and sustain an effective combat force close to a potential battle area. Threats to U.S. interests have changed in recent years, and the size and weight of U.S.-mechanized firepower and equipment have grown in response to improved capabilities of potential adversaries. This trend has significantly increased air mobility requirements, particularly in the area of large or heavy outsize cargo. As a result, newer and more flexible airlift aircraft are needed to meet potential armed contingencies, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions worldwide. The C-17 is capable of meeting today’s demanding airlift missions.

Features. Reliability and maintainability are two outstanding benefits of the C-17 system. Current operational requirements impose demanding reliability and maintainability. These requirements include an aircraft mission completion success probability rate of 92 percent, only 20 aircraft maintenance man-hours per flying hour, and full and partial mission availability rates of 74.7 and 82.5 percent, respectively. The Boeing warranty assures these figures will be met.

The C-17 measures 174 feet long (53 meters) with a wingspan of 169 feet, 10 inches (51.75 meters). The aircraft is powered by four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines, which are based on the commercial Pratt and Whitney PW2040 used on the Boeing 757. Each engine is rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust and includes thrust reversers that direct the flow of air upward and forward to avoid ingestion of dust and debris.  Additionally, thrust reversers provide enough thrust to reverse the aircraft while taxing backwards and create in-flight drag for maximum rate descents.   The design characteristics give it the capability to operate into and out of short runways and austere airfields carrying large payloads.  Maximum use has been made of commercial off-the-shelf equipment, including Air Force-standardized avionics.

The aircraft is operated by a crew of three (pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster), reducing manpower requirements, risk exposure and long-term operating costs. Cargo is loaded onto the C-17 through a large aft ramp and door system that accommodates virtually all of the Army’s air-transportable equipment such as a 69-ton M1 Abrams main battle tank, armored vehicles, trucks and trailers. Additionally, the cargo floor has rollers that can be flipped from a flat floor to accommodate wheeled or tracked vehicles to rollerized conveyers to accommodate palletized cargo.  The C-17 is designed to airdrop 102 paratroopers with their accompanying equipment.

Maximum payload capacity of the C-17 is 170,900 pounds (77,519 kilograms), and its maximum gross takeoff weight is 585,000 pounds (265,352 kilograms). With a payload of 164,900 pounds (74,797 kilograms) and an initial cruise altitude of 28,000 feet (8,534 meters), the C-17 has an unrefueled range of approximately 2,400 nautical miles. Its cruise speed is approximately 450 knots (.74 Mach).

The design of the aircraft (high-lift wing, slats, and externally blown flaps) allows it to operate through small, austere airfields. The C-17 can take off and land on runways as short as 3,500 feet (1,064 meters) and only 90 feet wide (27.4 meters). Even on such narrow runways, the C-17 can turn around using a three-point star turn and its backing capability.

Background. The C-17 made its maiden flight on Sept. 15, 1991, and the first production model was delivered to Charleston Air Force Base, now identified as Joint Base Charleston, S.C., on June 14, 1993. The first squadron of C-17s, the 17th Airlift Squadron, was declared operationally ready Jan. 17, 1995. The Air Force originally programmed to buy 120 C-17s.  Due to the unrivaled success of the C-17 to accomplish various mobility missions, additional aircraft were acquired, resulting in a final fleet of 223 aircraft.

The C-17 is operated by Air Mobility Command from Travis AFB, Calif.; Dover AFB, Delaware. Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Pacific Air Forces operates C-17s from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

The Air National Guard operates C-17s from Jackson, Miss., Stewart ANG Base, N.Y., Memphis, Tenn., Martinsburg, W.Va., Charlotte, N.C.

The Air Force Reserve Command operates C-17s at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., and Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Air Force Materiel Command has one C-17 on loan from JB Charleston, S.C., to conduct tests at Edwards AFB, Calif.

Air Education and Training Command performs C-17 aircrew training from Altus AFB, Okla.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Cargo and troop transport

Prime Contractor: Boeing Company

Power Plant: Four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines

Thrust: 40,440 pounds, each engine

Wingspan: 169 feet 10 inches (to winglet tips) (51.75 meters)

Length: 174 feet (53 meters)

Height: 55 feet 1 inch (16.79 meters)

Cargo Compartment: length, 88 feet (26.82 meters); width, 18 feet (5.48 meters); height, 12 feet 4 inches (3.76 meters)

Speed: 450 knots at 28,000 feet (8,534 meters) (Mach .74)

Service Ceiling: 45,000 feet at cruising speed (13,716 meters)

Range: Global with in-flight refueling

Crew: Three (two pilots and one loadmaster)

Aeromedical Evacuation Crew: A basic crew of five (two flight nurses and three medical technicians) is added for aeromedical evacuation missions. Medical crew may be altered as required by the needs of patients

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 585,000 pounds (265,352 kilograms)

Load: 102 troops/paratroops; 36 litter and 54 ambulatory patients and attendants; 170,900 pounds (77,519 kilograms) of cargo (18 pallet positions)

Unit Cost: $202.3 million (fiscal 1998 constant dollars)

Date Deployed: June 1993

Inventory: Active duty, 157; Air National Guard, 47; Air Force Reserve, 18

 

62nd AIRLIFT WING (AMC)

Lineage.   Established as 62 Troop Carrier Wing on 28 Jul 1947.  Organized on 15 Aug 1947. Redesignated as:  62 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, on 22 Aug 1948; 62 Troop Carrier Wing, Heavy, on 12 Oct 1949.  Inactivated on 1 Jun 1950.  Activated on 17 Sep 1951.  Redesignated as:  62 Air Transport Wing, Heavy, on 1 Jan 1965; 62 Military Airlift Wing on 8 Jan 1966; 62 Airlift Wing on 1 Dec 1991.

Assignments.  Twelfth Air Force, 15 Aug 1947; Fourth Air Force, 10 Dec 1948-1 Jun 1950.  Eighteenth Air Force, 17 Sep 1951; Twenty-Second Air Force, 1 Jul 1957; Fifteenth Air Force, 1 Jul 1993; Eighteenth Air Force, 1 Oct 2003-.

Operational Components.   Wing.  302 Troop Carrier: attached 27 Jun 1949-5 May 1950.  Groups.  61 Troop Carrier:  attached 21 Nov 1952-24 Aug 1954.  62 Troop Carrier (later, 62 Operations):  15 Aug 1947-1 Jun 1950 (detached 2 May-1 Jun 1950); 1 Oct 1951-15 Jan 1960; 1 Dec 1991-.  Squadrons.  4 Troop Carrier (later, 4 Air Transport; 4 Military Airlift; 4 Airlift): attached 8-14 Jan 1960, assigned 15 Jan 1960-1 Dec 1991.  7 Troop Carrier (later, 7 Air Transport; 7 Military Airlift): attached 8-14 Jan 1960, assigned 15 Jan 1960-22 Dec 1969.  8 Troop Carrier (later, 8 Air Transport; 8 Military Airlift):  attached 8-14 Jan 1960, assigned 15 Jan 1960-1 Dec 1991.  19 Logistic Support (later, 19th Air Transport; 19th Military Airlift):  1 Jul 1963-22 Dec 1969.  28 Military Airlift:  attached 1-7 Jul 1967, assigned 8 Jul 1967-8 Apr 1969.  36 Tactical Airlift (later, 36 Military Airlift):  1 Jul 1975-1 Dec 1991.

Stations.   McChord Field (later, McChord AFB), WA, 15 Aug 1947-1 Jun 1950.  McChord AFB, WA, 17 Sep 1951; Larson AFB, WA, 21 Apr 1952; McChord AFB (later, Joint Base Lewis-McChord), WA, 13 Jun 1960-.

Aircraft.   C-82, 1947-1950; C-54, 1949-1950.  C-124, 1951-1969; C-54, 1952; C-141, 1966-2002; C-130, 1975-1989; C-17, 1999-.

Operations.  Conducted troop carrier operations, tactical exercises, and humanitarian missions initially with C-82s and later with C-54s, 1947-1950.  Provided training for 302 Troop Carrier Wing, a Reserve corollary, Jun 1949-May 1950.  Not operational 2 May-1 Jun 1950.  Trained in troop carrier operations with C-124s and C-54s at McChord AFB, WA, in late 1951 and early 1952.  Moved to Larson AFB, WA, in Apr 1952 and routinely performed troop carrier, air transport, and humanitarian missions on a global scale.  Participated in the airlift of French troops from France to Indo-China in Operation BALI-HAI, Apr-May 1954.  Provided a major portion of the airlift needed to construct the distant early warning (DEW) line in northern Alaska and Canada, 1955-1956, and thereafter periodically resupplied the DEW line stations.  During the international geophysical year 1957-1958, and subsequently through 1962, supported scientific stations in the Arctic Ocean by airlanding and airdropping supplies on the drifting ice.  Helped transport UN troops and supplies to the Congo in 1960.  Assumed responsibility in 1963 for worldwide airlift of nuclear weapons and associated equipment, continuing this mission through early 1971.  Assumed airlift of Minuteman missiles from depots to operating sites in Apr 1971.  In 1972, supported Presidential trips to China and the Soviet Union.  From 12 Feb to 1 Apr 1973, transported former prisoners of war from North Vietnam to the Philippines and the United States.  That same year, transported UN troops from Indonesia to Israel and Egypt as part of a peacekeeping effort.  From Oct 1975 to Oct 1977, maintained a detachment of C-130s in the Canal Zone to support USAF needs in Central and South America.  Airlifted troops and supplies during invasion of Grenada and airlifted university students to safety, Oct-Nov 1983.  Participated in the airdrop of heavy equipment and personnel during military action in Panama, 20 Dec 1989.  Airlifted personnel and equipment in support of American involvement in Southwest Asia and operated airlift control elements at Zaragoza, Spain, to direct cargo and personnel destined for Southwest Asia, Aug 1990-Mar 1991.  Evacuated and gave assistance to Americans at Clark AFB and Subic Bay Naval Base, who were displaced by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippine Islands, Jun-Jul 1991.  Supported numerous humanitarian, contingency, and peacekeeping operations in the Balkans, Africa, Russia, and Haiti from 1992-1999. Assumed responsibility for Operation Deep Freeze resupply missions of scientific research stations in Antarctica beginning in 1997.  Wing aircraft and aircrews participated in airdrop relief missions over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.  Provided combat airlift through worldwide airdrop and airland delivery of troops, equipment and supplies; also served as the nation’s Prime Nuclear Airlift Force Wing, 2003-.

Service Streamers.  Global War on Terrorism (GWOT-S).

Campaign Streamers.  None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  Grenada, 1983.

Decorations.  Air Force Meritorious Unit Award: 11 Sep 2001-10 Sep 2003.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat “V”:  11 Sep 2003-10 Sep 2005.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1961-1 Nov 1962; 1 Jul 1965-15 Jul 1966; 1 Jul 1969-30 Jun 1970; 1 Jul 1973-30 Jun 1974; 1 Jul 1981-30 Jun 1983; 1 Jul 1983-30 Jun 1985; 14 Jun-3 Jul 1991; 1 Jul 1994-30 Jun 1996; 1 Jul 1996-30 Jun 1997; 1 Jul 1997-30 Jun 1999; 1 Jul 2000-30 Jun 2001; 11 Sep 2005-10 Sep 2006; 11 Sep 2008-10 Sep 2010; 11 Sep 2010-10 Sep 2011; 10 Oct 2011-30 Sep 2013; 10 Oct 2013-30 Sep 2015.

Bestowed Honors.  Authorized to display honors earned by the 62 Troop Carrier Group prior to 15 Aug 1947.  Service Streamers.  None.  Campaign Streamers.  World War II: Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Decorations.  None.

Emblem.  Approved on 17 Nov 1969; newest rendition approved on 17 Aug 2007.

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