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Watch close-up video of C-17 Globemaster III over Brisbane CBD

written by Adam Thorn | January 14, 2022
Australian Aviation reader Arnie took this close-up video showing a RAAF C-17 Globemaster III flying over Brisbane in 2021.

Australian Aviation reader Arnie took this close-up video showing a RAAF C-17 Globemaster III performing its planned flyover of the Brisbane CBD in 2021.

The display formed part of the Sunsuper Riverfire event, which wrapped up the Brisbane Festival.

The aircraft flew “not below 300 feet” for its planned flypast of the Brisbane river during the event, according to the RAAF, which saw audiences watch the C-17 dip well below the skyscrapers of Brisbane’s CBD and traipse along the river.

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Australian Aviation photographer Craig Murray also captured these incredible shots of the C-17 from the same day.

As planned, the Globemaster flew over Mt Coot-tha and Suncorp Stadium, then headed south along the river at South Bank to the Goodwill Bridge, before repositioning to fly east along the Kangaroo Point cliffs toward the Storey Bridge.

Along with the C-17 flypast, Riverfire attendees also enjoyed a display of Army ARH and MRH-90 helicopters, with this aerial display returning for the first time since 2017.

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Videos of the 2018 Riverfire Globemaster display went viral earlier this year, after they were posted to Reddit.

Viewers were fascinated – and some horrified – as the angle of the imagery made the mighty aircraft appear as if it were weaving in and out of the skyscrapers themselves, as opposed to simply tracking along the river.

The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III is a four-engine heavy transport aircraft that can accommodate huge payloads and land on runways just one-kilometre long.

RAAF C-17 Globemaster III performing a flyover of Brisbane CBD and river (Craig Murray)

That flexibility comes from its design, which mixes both high-lift wings and controls requiring just three onboard (pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster).

Cargo is loaded onto the C-17 through a ramp system at the back, while its floor has rollers that flip from flat to handle wheeled vehicles or pallets. RAAF owns eight, all operated by No. 36 Squadron and based at RAAF Base Amberley.

RAAF C-17 Globemaster III performing a flyover of Brisbane CBD and river (Craig Murray)

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