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C-17 Globemaster gets anniversary tail art

written by Adam Thorn | April 28, 2022

Craig Murray shot this C-17 Globemaster sporting a new tail art to celebrate the 80th anniversary of 36 Squadron.

Australian Aviation photographer Craig Murray has shot this photo of a C-17 Globemaster sporting a new tail art to celebrate the 80th anniversary of 36 Squadron.

A41-207 was snapped at RAAF Base Amberley after it arrived back from a formation flight alongside A41-213.

The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III is a four-engine heavy transport aircraft that can accommodate huge payloads and land on runways just 1 kilometre long.

RAAF owns eight, all operated by No. 36 Squadron and based at Amberley. The first arrived in 2006 and the last in 2015, complementing its CH-47F Chinooks and C-130J Hercules. No 36 Squadron, meanwhile, celebrated its 80th on 11 March 2022.

The squadron was established as the 22nd Transport Squadron at Essendon Airport in Melbourne on 3 April 1942, coinciding with the establishment of several RAAF transport squadrons earlier the same year.

To mark the occasion, a memorial service was held at the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre on 24 March, attended by USAF and RAAF personnel, along with local government representatives and guests.

The USAF 22nd Airlift Squadron also marked the occasion by flying one of its C-5M Galaxys to RAAF Base Amberley.

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