Globemaster III to make fly-past for Planes, Trains, Autos Festival

May 3, 2024 10:22 am in by
C-17 Globemaster A41-208 arrives back at RAAF Base Amberley. Australian Defence. Supplied.

Ipswich residents are in for a treat when the massive C17A Globemaster III conducts a fly-past for the Planes, Trains and Autos Festival this weekend.

RAAF Base Amberley made the last minute announcement yesterday.

Pilots and crew from the No. 36 squadron will be putting the massive cargo plane through its paces.

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It’s scheduled to fly over the Workshop Rail Museum at North Ipswich at around 11:45am on Saturday.

RAAF Base Amberley are advising that the flight is subject to change, including short notice cancellation, due to variables such as air traffic control requirements, weather, and operational availability.

Meanwhile, this is what Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding had to say following the announcement of the C-17A Globemaster III plane.

“It’s excellent and very exciting news that the Air Force have confirmed that there will be a flypast by a C17A Globemaster on Saturday during Planes, Trains and Autos.

“It’s fantastic news! The people of Ipswich love the RAAF and the C-17’s are a real favourite for us in Ipswich, so great to hear and thank you so much to the Air Force for this flypast,” she said.

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Members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) disembark from RAAF C-17 Globemaster A41-208 at RAAF Richmond, after providing flood relief in Queensland. LAC David Said. Supplied.


The C-17A Globemaster III provides a logistics backbone for Australian Defence Force operations. It allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.

Australia introduced an initial fleet of four C-17As between 2006 and 2008. Additional aircraft were acquired in 2011, 2012, and 2015.

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Based at RAAF Base Amberley, all eight C-17As are operated by No. 36 Squadron. C-17As have supported personnel on deployments, and been an integral part of disaster relief and humanitarian missions.

The C-17A Globemaster is a high-wing, four-engine heavy transport aircraft. It is fitted with a cargo bay ramp that allows it to airdrop cargo in-flight, and can operate from unsurfaced runways as short as 3500 feet. It can also be used to conduct aeromedical evacuation missions.

Able to carry up to 77 tonnes of cargo, the C-17A’s cargo bay can accommodate loads ranging from:

  • an Abrams Tank
  • four Bushmaster vehicles
  • three Black Hawk helicopters.