In the 1980s, the United States Air Force was in need of a replacement for its aging C-141 Starlifter cargo fleet. In 1981, the C-17 began development. However, the following years would see a catastrophic disaster befall the United States, forcing development to come to a grinding halt.
Originally intended to be introduced in 1991, the C-17 military transporter's debut was delayed by the Type-III Awakening Incident. Its already existing development problems were exacerbated by the parahuman uprising, which put great strain on the United States' defense department and manufacturing base during the crisis, which lasted almost two decades.
Though delayed, production resumed, and several design revisions were made in 1995, including the addition of a fifth engine in the tail and thrust vectoring nozzles for the first four, resulting in increased STOL abilities that reduced its already impressively short takeoff and landings. The C-17 Globemaster was finally introduced at the turn of the century, the prototype being finished in 2001 and production beginning in 2001.
In 2021, a Royal Air Force C-17 suffered a catastrophic engine failure over the Elvish kingdom of Tralar. The pilot had been attempting to negotiate mechanical system failures prior, and made the decision to attempt to land at the nearest air base in Norway despite Tralar being a restricted no-fly zone. The aircraft did not make it, and crashed in the mountains, causing a breach of secrecy that momentarily exposed the modern world to the Elvish community.
Production of the C-17 concluded in 2028, with over 310 aircraft built. The C-30 Aquila, a cargo variant of the ACS-2 Aquila-class stealth command jet, is positioned to enter production replace the C-17.
In early 2029, a C-17 landed at Ekhota Base to deliver the team's personal equipment and vehicles along with other provisions, as their AC-20 had insufficient cargo capacity to bring their items in one trip. The plane landed at the base for an afternoon delivery.
- Indian Air Force
- Royal Air Force
- Royal Australian Air Force
Technical specifications Edit
The C-17 possesses five thrust-vectoring turbofan engines enabling incredibly short takeoff and landings due to advanced thrust reversers and adjustable nozzles.
It requires a minimal crew of two pilots, though a third loadmaster is sometimes assigned to the plane to assist with cargo management.
The aircraft is notable for being an exceptionally hardy aircraft, capable of withstanding operating conditions that would reduce or obstruct the function of other aircraft classes, and remain perfectly operational. It can take off of rough terrain such as sand, grassy fields, and even gravel. Its advanced maneuvering capabilities allows it to land and taxi by itself unaided in environments that would normally not support aircraft, granting it a remarkable amount of independence.