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1st Cavalry Division
  Air Cavalry Brigade Loading AH-64D Apache  

"AH-64D Hitches A Ride To Ft. Irwin, CA."

The C-17 Globemaster III, the newest and most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force, 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. In addition, it can also transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required. The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 aircraft improves the ability of the total Air Force airlift system to fulfill the worldwide air mobility requirements of the United States.

Loading AH-64D Into Cargo Compartment Of Air Force C-17 Globemaster

The design of the cargo compartment of the C-17 allows for large wheeled and tracked vehicles. The maximum payload is 170,900 lb (77,519 kg) with the flexibility of 18 separate pallet positions, including four on the ramp.

The cargo compartment of the C-17 can accommodate a wide range of vehicles, pallated cargo, paratroops, air-drop loads and aeromedical evacuees. In addition, it has a sufficiently large cross-section to transport large wheeled and tracked vehicles, tanks, helicopters (such as the AH-64 Apache), artillery, and weapons such as the Patriot missile system. Three Bradley armored vehicles comprise one deployment load on the C-17. The US Army M1A1 main battle tank can be carried along with other vehicles.

The aircraft is equipped for LAPES (low-altitude parachute extraction system) drops having capabilities including:

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