Thursday, February 04, 2010

C-17 Globemaster III, Titan of the Air

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Mission Beach, San Diego, California. I saw this C-17 lumbering over mission beach a few weeks back. The sheer size and power of these planes is amazing. Two of those engines are enough to fly a Boeing 757. Each of these lumbering beauties costs over a quarter of a BILLION dollars and has a payload of somewhere around 170,900 lb. Wow.


HandStands said...

Hello Wayward, when did you become so fascinated with planes? What sparked your interest?

HandStands said...

Hello Wayward, how did you become so interested in planes? What was it that sparked your interest?

The Wayward Hawaiian said...

Hmmm... Why planes, you say? Overall, I'd say I'm a pretty curious guy in general, whether things be natural or manmade. In this particular case, the fact that something so incredibly big can actually get off the ground is pretty doggone amazing to me (maybe even more so with my being an engineer). There is something pretty awe inspiring in watching something that big fly overhead. However, if you read through the blog, you'll see that I wonder about all sorts of odd things such as why some birds' beaks hook upwards and others downwards; why nobody makes biplanes anymore (too much drag, I'd guess); why different fish species have specific shapes; etc... I think the world can still be a fascinating place and each and every day an exploration if you let it.