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    The First Time the B-2 Bomber Flew Was in the Belly of a C-5

    Not the whole bomber, mind you, but rather pieces of it. Big pieces, including the wings and the “cargo hold” otherwise known as the bomb bay structure were delivered for assembly by C-5 Galaxy airlift. But first, a little background on the B-2 is in order. The B-2 Spirit, America’s newest manned bomber, was first […]

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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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    C-5 Uses Every Inch Of Runway for a Spectacularly Dusty Takeoff

    In the C-5, no takeoff is uneventful.  Those jurassic TF-39 turbofans suck every ounce of air into their engines to power the massive 700,000 beast forward.  No where is this miracle of late ’60s technology more evident than this takeoff from an austere field at Ilopango International Airport in El Salvador.  The C-5 crew gnat’s […]

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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 […]