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The C-17 Globemaster III, like the military transport aircraft developed before it, has a reputation within the aviation community. It is capable of transporting people, vehicles and equipment across the globe. It is known for its capability of handling large loads as well as being able to land and take off in unconventional areas anywhere in the world. It can land on small airfields and in harsh terrains. This, coupled with the small crew (pilot, co-pilot, and loadmaster) that is needed to fly it, makes this aircraft in high demand.
The C-17 was introduced in 1991. Since its introduction, it has been a workhorse for the military, in the US and abroad. During its flight testing, it set 33 world records.
It has a variety of uses and has been used extensively since it went into service. Not only is it used the military, it is also used for humanitarian purposes and is frequently used to accompany the US president on domestic and foreign trips transporting the US presidential limousine as well as security detail vehicles.
Its technological advances and capabilities has earned it awards and honors among the military community.