Re: Agents of SHIELD. Season 1 Discussion Thread
The C-17 Hovers.
The C-17 HOVERS
That at least explains the extra wing and engines. Need to hold the tail up.
Miss Henstridge reminds me of Keira Knightly in certain angles.
It's not a C-17, it's simply a SHIELD-specific/Marvel craft that looks like a C-17. And it wouldn't need the tail jets to stay stable when hovering since the wing jets would be at or neat the center-of gravity which would keep the plane level when hovering. The tail jets are either back-ups to allow for extended flight times (allowing the main jets to be powered down to cool) or simply another feature added to make The Bus more non-C-17ey.
Just because it's futuristic doesn't mean it's practical.