I love this jet! So lets talk specs.
First of all this jet is not designed to go fast ( :( ) but it is designed to carry a lot of weight. My best guess is that the producers of Agents of SHIELD modeled it after the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III. That’s this baby here:
See the similarities?
Anyway the C-17A Globemaster III is a cargo jet used commonly by the United States Air force for strategical and tactical airlifts, they own about 220 of these bad boys. This plane was designed in 80’s and first flown on September 15th, 1991. It has a max payload (that’s the cargo whether it be vehicles or people or medical supplies) of 170,900 lbs ( that’s 77,519 kg for the non-Americans) so SHIELD’s comfy cozy mission command center could easily be accommodated on the interior and there are ramps and hooks to hold Lola too. The Globemaster has a cruise speed of Mach 0.74 that’s 515 mph or 830 km/h ( slower than the speed of sound which is Mach 1 but again its not meant for speeding around the skies). Even with SHIELD’s modifications, the two extra engines and the two vertical stabilizers it wont go much faster. This puppy is not made to break the sound barrier (you can tell by the angle of the wing sweep, see how the fighters wings fit in a tiny cone and the carriers do not? That indicates subsonic flight). I would estimate the new cruise mach would probably approach Mach 0.8 or 0.85 with SHIELD’s modifications.
The engines called a Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans if you care about that stuff. It produces 40,440 pounds of thrust. It’s a turbo fan which is pretty efficient because it combines the properties of propeller engines (the most efficient but not the fastest) and jet engines (much faster). Other specs are the Length: 174 ft (53 m), Height: 55.1 ft (16.8 m), Wingspan: 169.8 ft (51.75 m) and Wing Area: 3,800 square ft (353 square m) So again its roomy. Also like most planes the fuel is stored in the wings so there is more room in the fuselage, or cabin, for cargo. This thing can hold 35,546 U.S. gal (134,556 L) of fuel by the way, which allows it to go 2,785 mi (4,482 km) with a belly full of cargo, almost twice as far if its just carrying paratroopers.
The plane only needs a crew of three; two pilots and a loadmaster. Or one Agent May and Agent Coulson. The united states are not the only ones flying the C-17A Globemaster III either. They are also part of Australian, Canadian, Indian, NATO, Qatar, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates’ forces. However the US owns 220 out of about 250 so we own the most which makes sense because they were built specifically for the United states Air force. Also they cost $218 million in case your thinking about buying one for yourself.
Don’t you just love this plane?