The C-17 is a massive cargo aircraft capable of landing on semi-prepared runways as short as 3,500 feet. The Globemaster III is a unique aircraft. Not only can it stop in short distances but it also is able to offload cargo without external support. What makes the Globemaster unique is that it has massive flaps that allow the airplane to fly at much slower approach speeds than what would be typical for an aircraft of that size. This allows for shorter landing and takeoff distances.
In the video above, you’ll see the mighty C-17 doing what it does best: Precisely landing on dirt, then offloading it’s precious cargo. The C-17 is the mainstay of the US Air Force’s airlift fleet. There are 223 aircraft in the fleet.