A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport plane carrying supplies and equipment for US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Vietnam lands at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi on September 1, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport plane carrying supplies and equipment for US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Vietnam landed Friday afternoon at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi.
The C-17 military transport plane numbered 33126 landed at the airport at 3:55 p.m. It then stopped in front of the airport maintenance area to load and unload cargo.
According to a representative from Noi Bai International Airport, the second C-17 flight carrying goods for Biden’s visit is expected to land at the airport at 8 p.m.
The next logistics flights are scheduled for September 4 and 5. The equipment and goods necessary for the visit will be received by the American Embassy.
The C-17 Globemaster III is a heavy military aircraft developed by Berkeley-based aerospace company McDonnell Douglas in the late 1980s for strategic and tactical transport, capable of transporting weapons and soldiers to any location in the world. world.
Each C-17 is 53 meters long.
A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport plane in the sky over Hanoi on September 1, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Vu Anh
The hold of a C-17 is 5.5 meters wide and 4.6 meters high, allowing a carrying capacity of 77 tons – 102 fully equipped paratroopers, or three armored Strykers (armored car), or one M1 tank Abrams. It can also carry four UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters or two AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.
After 30 years of service, the C-17 Globemaster III is considered the backbone of American military transport as well as the vehicle of reference for its leaders during their visits abroad.
US President Joe Biden is due to visit Vietnam on September 10-11 at the invitation of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Pham Thu Hang confirmed the visit schedule in a statement on Tuesday: “We believe that the visits of the leaders of the two countries will deepen the relationship between Vietnam and the United States, helping them to develop in a stable, substantial and long-term manner.” in all fields, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and in the world.
The visit will be President Biden’s first since taking office in early 2021, and will take place as the countries celebrate 10 years of global partnership.