by Jim and Melanie
We recently were treated to a tour of the C-17 Globemaster cargo plane flown by the U.S. Air Force. We posted previously about this plane and its missions. This wing-tip photo indicates we were at McChord Air Base in Washington state with Mt. Rainier in the distance.
We watched as the tail doors were opened. Cargo can be driven into the large space and dropped accurately at destinations via these doors.
We went around to the front side door so we could enter the cavernous space.
Once the doors were closed again, I walked toward the back and up the ramp before turning around to view the front.
We climbed the ladder up to the cockpit to view the instruments and seating arrangement. There are even two bunk beds for the crew to get rest on long flights.
As we left the tour, another plane took off, one of many that day.
The previous post on these giant planes, found here, has a lot more photos and information on size and capacity, among other things.