Re: Two C-17s, two very different videos
Regardless if the cargo was sensitive or not, it had to be taken off the plane. Less weight, means a better take-off. I am sure the Air Force wanted to get that plane out of there as soon as possible. Also, the C-17 was design to operate on shorter runways.
I'm surprise they are sending one to a museum already. I remember when they were new and flying into bases and big crowds would gather trying to get a look. They were a very popular air show attraction at one time.