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THIS CLIP FEATURES ONE OF THE LARGEST OBJECT EVER DROPPED FROM A C-17 AIRLIFTER

The Falcon SLV program was aimed to explore a less expensive and more flexible method of launching a satellite, into low earth orbit, but also helped expand the capabilities of the C-17 Globemaster III

Taken on Jul. 26, 2006, the interesting video in this post shows a U.S. Air Force (USAF) C-17 airlifter dropping a full-scale simulated AirLaunch QuickReach rocket weighing 72,000 pounds as part of the joint DARPA/Air Force Falcon Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) Program.

Noteworthy this test, that was planned and executed by a team composed of the 412th Test Wing, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and AirLaunch LLC, set a new record for the largest single object to be dropped from a C-17.

The team in fact broke their own record established just a month earlier when a simulated QuickReach rocket that weighed 65,000 pounds was dropped out of a C-17 on Jun. 14, 2006.

As it can be seen in the clip, for the test a system of rollers was developed to guide the inert rocket out of the aircraft.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. C-17A Globemaster III 60th Air Mobility Wing / 349th Air Mobility Wing, 21st Airlift Squadron, 06-6160 – Travis AFB, CA

The Falcon SLV program was aimed to explore a less expensive and more flexible method of launching a 1,000-pound payload, specifically a satellite, into low earth orbit, but also helped expand the capabilities of the C-17 Globemaster III.

The airdrop of the 65-foot, 72,000-pound booster rocket mockup you see in this footage was performed at 32,000 feet by a crew of professionals from the 418th Flight Test Squadron, AirLaunch and the Boeing Corporation on board an operational C-17 from McChord Air Force Base (AFB), Wash..

Photo credit: Edwards History Office file photo / U.S. Air Force

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Gabriele Barison

Gabriele Barison is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Co-Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. He has flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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