Long-range, strategic heavy-lift transport aircraft. Capable of operating into austere strips with short runways and limited facilities. Basic crew of two pilots and one air loadmaster. Can carry ‘outsize’ loads up to 135,000lbs single-item weight. Self-supporting, needing little or no ground equipment for offload of cargo. Declared part of the UK’s Joint Rapid Reaction Force.
C-17A Globemaster III WING SPAN 52M LENGTH 53M CREW 3 MAXIMUM SPEEDMach 0.85 ENGINES 4 x Four Pratt & Whitney F117- PW 100 turbofans
Hercules C1 / C3 Reporting NameHercules Role Letters & MarksC1 / C3 RoleTactical Transport
This versatile work horse is intended primarily for tactical operations and can operate from short unprepared airstrips. It role includes supply dropping, freight carrying, trooping and air ambulance duties. The original RAF versions are designated Hercules C1 and C3.
Hercules C1 / C3 Technical Data WING SPAN 40.41M LENGTH C1=29.78M C3=34.37M CREW 5 MAXIMUM SPEED335kts (621km/h) at 20,00ft ENGINESFour Allison T56 turboprops Four Allison AE2100D Turboprops - C130J
Hercules C4 / C5 Reporting NameHercules Role Letters & MarksC4, C5 RoleTactical Transport
This versatile work horse is intended primarily for tactical operations and can operate from short unprepared airstrips. It role includes supply dropping, freight carrying, trooping and air ambulance duties. The new RAF versions are designated Hercules C4 and C5. Hercules C4 / C5 have up-rated engines with composite 6 bladed propellers as well as a glass cockpit and a head up display
Hercules C4 / C5 Technical Data WING SPAN 40.41M LENGTH C4=29.78M C5=34.37M CREW 5 MAXIMUM SPEED335kts (621km/h) at 20,00ft ENGINESFour Allison AE2100D Turboprops
These conversions of a successful Lockheed civil airliner, have given the RAF a greatly increased strategic transport and refuelling capability. The alterations include the fitting of an in-flight refuelling probe and centre-line hose drum unit (HDU). The tanker role has a close circuit television (CCTV) system fitted to allow the crew to monitor the refuelling operation. The interior of the aircraft has been reworked to military specifications and can take a wide variety and combinations of loads, including up to 20 pallets of equipment or 250 passengers.
Tristar Technical Data WING SPAN 50M LENGTH 50M CREW 3 MAXIMUM SPEED527kts (978km/h) at 30,000ft ENGINES Three Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofans
VC10 has been in RAF service since 1967 and has been developed to fulfill many roles over the years. As a transporter the C1 can carry up to 150 troops or 24,516 kg of freight on pallets using a roller conveyor system. The original fleet of VC10 C1 aircraft have been modified and supplemented by ex-civilian VC10s and super VC10s (4m longer). The tanker versions (K) are fitted with two Mk 32 in-flight refueling pods, one under each wing. The K 2, 3 & 4s are also fitted with a centre-line refueling hose drum unit making them 3-point tankers.
VC10 Technical Data WING SPAN 44.5M LENGTH K2=50.59M K3=54.55M CREW 4 MAXIMUM SPEED 500kts (922km/h) at 30,000ft ENGINES Four Rolls-Royce Conway 301 turbojets