Ok, we admit it, we’re a bit biased and love the C-17 here at Avgeekery. But even if you are a C-130 driver or love big FRED, you have to think this uniform is pretty outstanding.
For the past few years, the Air Force Academy Falcons Football Team has donned alternate uniforms as part of the Air Power Legacy series. This is the fourth uniform in the series. You might remember the World War II inspired Tiger Shark Nose Art effort or the F-35 uniform in 2017 or the AC-130 digs last year.
This year’s C-17 inspired uniform is particularly intricate. The uniform is flat grey in color, just like the Globemaster. It features reflective material, symbolizing the combat lighting system that is on the side of the actual aircraft’s fuselage. Instead of the players name on the back, the uniform features nine bases where the C-17 has a presence. They include: Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March Air Reserve Base, California, Travis Air Force Base, California, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Notably missing from the list are the Air National Guard bases of Pittsburg, Jackson, Miss., Stewart ANG Base, N.Y., Memphis, Tenn., Martinsburg, W.Va., and Charlotte, N.C.
The Air Force Academy Falcons will wear this uniform when they play Hawaii on October 9th. You can read more about the new uniform here.