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The plane's registration number is barely visible. Unfortunately it's the best quality I could find.

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It's a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The tail markings appear to be those of the 437th Airlift Wing, US Air Force (thanks to TomMcW for the unit identification).

To answer the question yourself, note that you can see the US flag on the vertical stabilizer and the word "Force" behind the cockpit window. Wikipedia has a list of planes flown by the US Air Force and, although the list is quite long, it is categorized by mission, which cuts down the options quite a lot – the plane obviously isn't a fighter, for example, and, conveniently, "cargo" is early in the alphabet so close to the top of the list.

The serial number 2300 (or 7300?) painted on the nose doesn't correspond to an actual USAF C-17; it was probably temporarily renumbered while filming.

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  • $\begingroup$ Though I'm slightly confused that the serial number on the nose (2300 or 7300) doesn't seem to match anything on this list. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Sep 9 '18 at 18:15
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    $\begingroup$ I think the number is "fake", as in "put explicitly for the movie and then removed" $\endgroup$ – Federico Sep 9 '18 at 19:10
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    $\begingroup$ It appears to have the tail band from the 437th Airlift Wing out of Charleston. $\endgroup$ – TomMcW Sep 11 '18 at 2:55
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, @TomMcW! I tried half-heartedly to identify that but there are enough units flying C-17s that I gave up. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Sep 11 '18 at 7:39
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    $\begingroup$ @Federico I think it's fine. My answer gives a way of identifying the plane; Ali gives a simpler way. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Sep 11 '18 at 7:56

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