I was watching some video footage on the C-17 yesterday and truly believe this is an awesome aircraft. If it is the F-15 of transport aircraft, then surely there must be some civil potential to be had out of it. They claim it has broken 22 World records, but only two were mentioned; shortest take off roll for a loaded transporter @ 417m and shortest landing @ 413m. Does anyone know what the other 20 World records were that were broken?
I was amazed that you can deploy air brakes and all four thrust reversers whilst in flight and get 20 000ft on the descent and then slam it down on a gravel runway and once you've slowed to a stop you can then turn it around in its own length!
If I remember correctly, its internal height is 13ft 6in. Does that leave potential for a double deck?
The captain's office is bang up to date with glass cockpit and hud and every other conceivable piece of equipment any pilot could wish for.
What do you think? Maybe a civil C-17 is the elusive Boeing 787 everybody has been guessing about!