RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III at Leeds Bradford Airport

Report and photography by Iain Ashmore

Last week we received information that a CC-177 Globemaster III from Canada was to be landing at Leeds Bradford Airport. Leeds Bradford Airport then announced a week long Military exercise taking place at the airport. That got us on our way to Leeds.

The Arrival on Friday at 20:30 was some what of a let down from a photography point. Shooting big Grey C-17’s in the dark is somewhat challenging.

The aircraft and crew with their family was attending the airport for a memorial taking place on Saturday at  Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire, remembering airmen who died during World War Two.

Onlookers stood around the perimeter of the airfield to see the plane land, with airport staff given a tour of the aircraft after it parked. The crew was happy to talk to people airside even after their long flight from Canada.

On Sunday, the CC-177 Globemaster III and its crew departed in perfect lighting for RAF Brize Norton where the RAF’s C-17 squadron is based. They are expected to stay for a week before returning to active service.

The crew was fantastic upon departure with the huge crowds at Leeds Bradford Airport, to the point where they was waving to them when taxiing whilst hanging out of the aircraft. They left free giveaways for the crowds which is always fantastic. People who had waited on both days commented how It was ‘well worth the wait’ and that ‘the crew are so friendly’. One thing we know for sure at Air Show UK is that the crew put on a fantastic show and this has helped strengthen the publics bond to these fantastic aircraft and crew. Hopefully this will pave the way for further visits in the future.



Some CC-177 Globemaster III Facts

  • Other than the UK is used by the US, Australian and Canadian air forces, and the Qataris
  • Used for transporting troops and equipment, they can fit helicopters and armoured vehicles, carrying up to 77,000kg
  • They can take off and land on short airfields, meaning they can be used in remoter places or on very basic runways.
  • Canada currently have 5 of these aircraft in operation.
  • 12 days after entering service with the Canadian Forces, Canada’s first CC-177 delivered 30,000 kilograms of emergency relief supplies to the people of Jamaica in the wake of Hurricane Dean.
  • Has a maximum range of approximately 5,500 nautical miles
  • Technical Specifications

    Length 53.04 m (174 ft)
    Height 16.79 m (55.1 ft)
    Wingspan 51.74 m (169.8ft)
    Empty Weight 125,645kg (277,000 lb)
    Maximum Gross Weight 265,350 kg (585,000 lb)
    Maximum payload 72, 727 kg (160,000 lb)
    Cruise Speed Mach 0.74 – 0.77
    Maximum Usable Fuel 82,125 kg (181,054 lb)
    Passengers 90 – 100
    Year procured 2007-2015
    Quantity in CF 5
    Location 8 Wing Trenton, ON
    Manufacturer Boeing

    Source: www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca


At Air Show Uk we look forward to seeing the Canadian CC-177 Globemaster III again at RIAT 2018.


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