Sunday, August 19, 2007

Isn't she boo'ful?


Isn't she boo'ful?

Well, beauty can be in the eye of the beholder. But these lovely ladies can comfortably airlift troops, or an Abrams tank, or 60+ tonnes of humanitarian relief, anywhere they are needed in the world. They are C-17 Globemasters. Affectionately know in the RAAF as FJs - 'Fat Jets'.

The RAAF's first 2 have been delivered, 2 (and rumours of more) yet to be delivered. The only bad thing is we could use more of them. Trouble is that they run to A$250 million each, throw in a few engines and some spare tyres etc and the fleet the RAAF are getting will cost about $1.2 billion. It's all about Logistics.

"Amateurs talk Tactics, Professionals talk Logistics".

UPDATE 31Aug07: Absolutely Stunning pic of a C-17 here. (From Airliners.net and by Janne Laukkonen).

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