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Eyes to the sky: C-17A Globemaster flies over Bundy

Video: Greg Biss Barrington

A C-17A Globemaster gave plane spotters in Bundaberg a thrill when it flew over the region late Friday afternoon.

The gigantic plane has a wing span of 51.75 metres and made several touch and go landings at Bundaberg Airport on Runway 32 before it flew off into the distance again.

Andrew Clark took this photo of the C17-A Globemaster as it flew over his property on Bundaberg West on Friday.
Andrew Clark took this photo of the C17-A Globemaster as it flew over his property on Bundaberg West on Friday.

Andrew Clark, who lives near the airport, said the sight and sound of the plane flying low over his home was something to behold.

“I was at home inside when I heard what sounded like a large jet flying over,” he said.

“I raced outside to see the globemaster moving very slowly, surprisingly slow for how big it is.

“It was an absolutely amazing sight- the plane was not too far off the ground and did a few circuits at the airport before flying off again.”

C-17A Globemaster stats

According to the Australian Airforce, the C-17A Globemaster is a high-wing four-engine heavy transport aircraft.

Fitted with a massive cargo bay ramp, the plane is able to airdrop cargo in-flight and can operate from unsurfaced runways as short as 3500 feet.

Exercise Talisman Sabre Bundaberg
A RAAF C-17A Globemaster III unloads at Bundaberg Airport for Exercise Talisman Sabre last year. Picture: Paul Donaldson

The C-17A Globemaster III provides the Air Force with an unprecedented capacity for strategic airlift.

It allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.

Eight of the planes are based at RAAF Base Amberley and provide a logistics backbone for Australian Defence Force operations overseas.

This has included operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan, as well as East Timor.

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