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    Then There Was the Time I Saw a C-5 Do the Splits

    The C-5 Galaxy is a magnificent airplane. I flew this amazing machine for over a decade and many thousands of hours between the years of 1991 and 2003 while a member of the 312th Airlift Squadron at Travis AFB near San Francisco. And while the airplane has some amazing capabilities, she would occasionally break in […]

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    Ever wonder why the C-5 is nicknamed FRED? Read this!

    We’re talkin’ about the Galaxy – the C-5 transport plane, not the Ford MPV (multiple people vehicle). The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is the largest transport plane of the United States Air Force. It’s larger than the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter and can carry almost twice the load of a C-17 Globemaster. The C-5 has been in operation since […]

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    The C-5 Always Breaks Down

    The C-5 is an amazing plane.  It can carry almost anything.  With 36 pallet positions and the ability to carry oversized and outsized cargo like tanks and satellites, it is a beast of an airplane.  That is when it works.  The C-5 is also known for always breaking down quite frequently.  The C-5M modernization program […]

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    “Sail” on a Giant C-5

    Sure the song may be trite by now, but getting a virtual ride and behind the scenes look in a giant C-5 isn’t.  The C-5 is a very capable plane that can carry 36 pallets and many, many different kinds of outsized and oversized cargo including tanks and helicopters.  Although the older C-5s suffer from […]

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    Squealing C-5 Turbofans Never Sounded So Good!

    The Jumbo C-5 Galaxy’s engine has a unique whine that is quickly disappearing from the skies. There is no sound like the C-5.  The monstrous TF-39s are first generation turbofans that are ear piercing loud. The TF-39s paved the way for a new era of jumbo jet aircraft.  The squeal of the engines is as unique […]