Cadets from both Nuneaton and Hinckley travelled some 60 miles
to RAF Little Rissington in the Cotswolds to undergo a Gliding Introduction
Course (GIC). Unfortunately when they arrived at the airfield it
was too foggy to fly and there was little hope of the conditions
improving. The cadets were given the opportunity to have a look
at and sit in the Vigilant motor glider before starting the long
journey home. Suddenly an alternative plan emerged. One of 637's
latest recruits just happens to be an Air Lloadmaster with No.99
Squadron at RAF Brize-Norton. Instead of going home the cadets were
on their way to visit 99 Sqn and have a look around one of their
C17 Globemaster aircraft.
The Boeing C17 Globemaster is the latest type of aircraft to enter
RAF service, in fact, the one the cadets visited had only 100 hours
on the clock. The C17 has been acquired in order to meet the Strategic
Defence Review commitment for a short-term enhancement of the RAF's
airlift capability. The C17 is capable of carrying a wide variety
of heavy equipment, ranging from a Challenger tank or three Warrior
armoured vehicles, to a Chinook or three of the Army's new Apache
attack helicopters. In this role the C17 will make a major contribution
to the effectiveness of the new Joint Rapid Reaction Forces, and
will significantly enhance the RAF's airlift capabilities.
From the outside the Globemaster is an extremely impressive aircraft
however, it's only when you enter the cargo bay that you realise
just how immense it really is.
cadets really enjoyed their visit to RAF Brize-Norton. Thanks to
99 Squadron who saved the day for our cadets with such a golden
opportunity to have a look around a tremendous aircraft.
RAF Brize-Norton Crest
Boeing C17 Globemaster
Facts and Figures
||Four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans, with a total
thrust of 166,800 lb (742.2kN).
||169ft 9in (51.74m)
|Max Cruise Speed:
|| 403mph (648km/h)
||Flight deck crew of two plus one loadmaster, with additional
seats on flightdeck for observers or releif aircrew. Up to 102
troops/paratroops; 48 litter and 54 ambulatory patients and
attendants; 18 pallets; maximum payload 170,900lbs (76,644kg)
||In common with many other military transport aircraft, the
C17 features a high 'T-tail', shoulder-mounted wings and a swept
rear fuselage containing the loading ramp. The main wheels are
housed in external blisters to maximise main cabin space.
99 Sqn. Crest on C17 engine cover