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Application engineers from Samson Rope, Ferndale, Wash., brought the proposed synthetic winch cable for C-17 Globemaster III maintainers to wind on a winch assembly, Jan. 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 280-foot synthetic winch cable weighs 14 pounds and is 83 percent lighter than the current 80 pound steel wire cable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)


Dover helps AFRL make C-17s safer, lighter, more fuel efficient

Application engineers from Samson Rope, Ferndale, Wash., brought the proposed synthetic winch cable for C-17 Globemaster III maintainers to wind on a winch assembly, Jan. 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 280-foot synthetic winch cable weighs 14 pounds and is 83 percent lighter than the current 80 pound steel wire cable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

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