Performance Capabilities of the C-5 and C-17 Cargo Aircraft

NSIAD-84-119: Published: Jul 9, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1984.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on the performance capabilities of the Air Force C-5A and C-5B aircraft and C-17 cargo aircraft at small, austere airfields. GAO discussed its comparative analysis using information obtained from the Air Force and its contractors.

The Air Force believes that neither the C-5A nor the C-5B can routinely and safely land or takeoff from small, austere airfields, and this will continue to restrict routine operations of the C-5A/B to runways of 5,000 feet or longer. Air Force and contractor estimates often differed as to overall C-5A/B performance, but they agreed that it could land on the smaller airfields. The Air Force stated that the unique features of the C-17 will enable it to to safely take off, land, and operate at the smaller airfields. The C-17 will also be able to perform any type of current airlift mission.

Mar 13, 2018

Feb 28, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

Feb 15, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Jan 31, 2018

Jan 18, 2018

Jan 10, 2018

Looking for more? Browse all our products here