The S.H.I.E.L.D. Globemaster formally known as the CXD 23 Airborne Mobile Command Station (officially designated "S.H.I.E.L.D. 6-1-6") is a modified Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft used by agents of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division. It serves as a flying command center for Agent Phil Coulson and his team. It is piloted by Melinda May, and referred to by the team as "the Bus".
Although officially Coulson's, some form of compensation for his sacrifice in the line of duty, it becomes clear that there are certain aspects and modifications of which he is unaware, but which are known to Agent May, including the placement of listening devices.
Capabilities and Design Edit
In addition to the common features of the Boeing C-17, the Bus appears to have an additional pair of engines and half-length wings located at the tail section of the fuselage, below the conventional, elevated tail section. This gives the Bus a greater top speed, making it better able to transport the team to points of interest in a prompt amount of time. This also slightly reduces the range of plane.
While the majority of a conventional C-17's interior is open cargo space, the Bus has been modified to suit the needs of Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. team including a passenger area, an interrogation room, and a private forensics and research lab to accommodate Agents Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. The Bus retains a small cargo area at the rear of the plane where the team's SUV is stored along with Coulson's personal car, Lola.
The craft is powered by six Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines, while the traditional vehicle includes only four engines. These engines are also designed to pivot, giving the Globemaster vertical take-off and landing capabilities.
The Globemaster mobile commands "were in heavy rotation back in the Nineties," prior to the introduction of the Division's Helicarrier. One, designated S.H.I.E.L.D. 616 and nicknamed "The Bus," was commissioned again by senior agent Phil Coulson when he created a specialized field team in September of 2013.
- The "6-1-6" designation is an in-joke, since, in the Marvel multiverse, Earth-616 is the 'mainstream' comic book universe, in which the vast majority of stories take place.