Boeing C-17 Globemaster III side view blank illustration templates

By Norebbo •  4 min read

Depending on how well these are received, the following Boeing C-17 Globemaster III side view illustration templates may be my first (and only) foray into the world of military aircraft.

I’m more of a commercial aviation kind of guy, but I will admit that doing my first ever military-specific aircraft illustration was kind of fun. I just don’t know what the reaction is going to be…

Side view templates of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 is an aircraft unlike any other that I have illustrated, and therefore, it was one that had me scratching my head the entire time. I know absolutely nothing about military specific aircraft, so all the little sensors (and other little details) were fun to research.

All White Boeing C-17 Globemaster III side view

Side profile illustration of an all white Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. I know. There are very few white C-17’s in existence, but I felt it important not to deviate from my typical aircraft template style. Sorry!

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III side view line drawing

Here’s the technical side profile line drawing. Such a bad*** aircraft!

The C-17 is an interesting aircraft. It looks like a really tough purpose-built cargo hauler from many angles, but downright weird (and disproportionate) from the side profile.

It’s a lot like how most cars look strange when viewed directly from the side. Have you ever seen a Lamborghini Huracan in a perfect side-on view? The wheels are tiny and the overhangs huge! The C-17 suffers the same glaring abnormalities IMHO.

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The most interesting design elements of the C-17 Globemaster III

There are a lot of really neat design details on the C-17. From the sheer number of sensors on the forward section of the fuselage (and how complex some of them are), to the overall “bulldog like” stance, it’s like nothing else.

Anyway, these are the C-17 design elements that intrigue me the most:

Final thoughts

During the illustration process, I couldn’t help but think how much the C-17 reminded me of what I was feeling when creating my side view A380-800 templates.

Both are extremely fat / 4-engined monsters. Neither looks all that graceful IMHO, which caused me to repeatedly double check my reference material to make sure I wasn’t working with manipulated images of some kind.

I guess that just goes to prove that not all aircraft have to look like rocket ships. It goes against everything I learned as a child while watching Saturday morning cartoons, and it weirds me out a little.


My name is Scott, and I started in the design industry over 20 years ago with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I have an extensive background in both 2D and 3D illustration, and these days, I spend a majority of my time creating aircraft templates and airliner art. I’m basically an airplane dork.

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