RCAF CC-177 Globemaster

The CC-177 Globemaster III transports troops, cargo and oversized combat equipment from coast to coast and around the world. Its ability to fly long distances and land in remote airfields makes it a premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.

Rapid, reliable and flexible, the strategic and tactical CC-177 is equipped with advanced digital avionics. It has a maximum range of approximately 5,500 nautical miles and can carry up to 72, 727 kilograms. Its four engines (Pratt & Whitney 2040 series) can produce 18, 343 kilograms of thrust.

To illustrate the power of these aircraft, one CC-177 can haul three CH-146 Griffon helicopters with refuelling tanks, one Leopard 2 tank, or as many as 102 paratroopers.

Canada’s five CC-177 Globemaster III strategic airlifters were delivered between 2007-2015. Only 12 days after entering service with the Canadian Forces, Canada’s first CC-177 delivered 30,000 kilograms of emergency relief supplies to the people of Jamaica in the wake of Hurricane Dean.

The CC-177 Globemaster III is used for a wide range of missions and only requires a crew of three: pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster. It can also take off and land on unpaved runways as short as 1,067 metres and as narrow as 27.4 metres by day or by night.