C-17 Globemaster III's First Combat Drop By In four nights beginning March 25, 2003, C-17s airdropped an entire brigade -- nearly 2,000 paratroopers and 400 vehicles -- into northern Iraq. This mission was the first combat personnel airdrop from C-17s, and the 15-ship formation was the largest flown by C-17s up to that time. The crew of the lead aircraft was from the 62nd Airlift Wing, and they donated the artifacts on display. Click here to return to the From the Sky Overview. Find Out More Related Fact Sheets Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.