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C-17 vs C-130 A Comparison of two Legends Military cargo planes.

C-17 vs C-130 A Comparison of two Legends Military cargo planes.

In this article, the C130j Hercules freight plane and the C17 Globemaster passenger aircraft will be compared.

C-17 Globemaster 

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft that was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). On 15 September 1991, the first C-17 performed its maiden flight and formally entered USAF service on 17 January 1995.

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The size of the C-17 Globemaster III is measured to be 174 feet in length, 55 feet in height, and a wingspan of nearly 169 feet and 10 inches.

The C-17 is known for being the most adaptable cargo aircraft in the USAF’s service, and its main task is to strategically deliver both cargo and troops to all of the country’s operational sites.

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For its tactical airlifting and airdropping duties, the aircraft is most known. Additionally, it has the capacity to carry numerous ambulatory patients during medical evacuation operations.

When compared to the C-5 Super Galaxy, the largest freight transport aircraft used by the US Army, neither the C-17 nor the C-130 can compete.

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Four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines, based on the Pratt & Whitney PW2040 commercial engine used to power the Boeing 757, are utilized to propel the C-17.

C- 130 Hercules

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft made in the United States by Lockheed Martin. In 1956, the C-130 was entered into service by the United States. The C-130E, C-130H, and C-130J are the current versions of the C-130 that are still in use.

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With a length of 97 feet and 9 inches, a height of 38 feet and 10 inches, and a wingspan of over 132 feet and 7 inches, all of these variations are essentially the same in size.

Regarding the C-130, its tactical airlifting duty is its primary focus, and it can fly from a dirt runway to carry both supplies and troops into difficult terrain.

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It performs several of the following additional mission functions as well, including airlift assistance, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial firefighting for the U.S. Forest Service, and natural disaster relief.

The C-130 is propelled by four Allison T56-A-11 or -9 turboprop engines, based on the same engines that were used in the C-130A, the first version of the aircraft.

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The Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprop engine, which was installed in the penultimate type C-130J, improved the aircraft’s overall performance in comparison to all earlier variations.

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