RAF C-17 At YWG
November 30, 2010
Yesterday, YWG was greeted by a visitor - a large visitor - when a Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 made a stopover in Winnipeg. This giant transport plane - with a wing span of 51.75 m and a payload of 77,519 kg - practically dwarfed the UPS cargo plane that is always parked on our cargo apron.
Before the plane could take off, it went through the de-icing process to prevent the accumulation of ice. As you can see from the photo below, there are six trucks applying the de-icing fluid to the plane, which goes to show just how big this plane really is.
For more information on the C-17, take a look at Wikipedia's site, which describes in detail which air forces around the world use the plane - yes, Canada is one of them - and how integral they can be to mobility and transport operations.