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The C-17 Globemaster cargo plane is a support plane of the USA used for dropping supplies and reinforcements in the battlefield.


The Globemaster started its life as a contender to replace the old yet venerable C-130 Planes that had been serving the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and even the USMC (Marine Corps) for nearly six decades. As the C-130 and its armed derivative AC-130 "Spectre" showed their age, the Pentagon sought a fit replacement for the Herky-bird, which came in the form of the C-17 Globemaster. Built by McDonell Douglas in the 1990's and continued by Boeing when the former was bought by the latter, it showed much promise as the both the light-medium transport workhorse of the skies and as the support gunship for the men at the front in the form of the AC-17 Spectre Gunship.