These Two Giants Get In, Disgorge, and Get Out Fast – Takeoffs You Have to See to Believe
On 11 July 2018, a pair of Lockheed-Martin C-5M Super Galaxy airlifters descended upon Glasgow Prestwick (EGPK) airport. The two behemoths were supporting a Presidential visit to Scotland, and as such were carrying staff, support personnel, and vehicles for the visit. The aircraft both landed on runway 31. The first C-5M to land is USAF serial 85-0008 from the 436th Military Airlift Wing (MAW) at Dover Air Force Base (AFB) in Delaware. “Balls 8” later departs bound for RAF Lakenheath. The second C-5M seen is USAF serial 86-0024 from the 60th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) at Travis AFB in California. “Balls 24” later departs bound for Ramstein Air Base. Enjoy this impressive performance by a pair of larger-than-life haulers as uploaded to YouTube by Mraviationguy. Dig those vapes!
The US Air Force bases its current fleet of 52 C-5Ms spread out among a total of nine installations. The two active-duty Air Force Airlift Wings are based at Travis AFB (60th AMW) and Dover AFB (436th MAW). Air Force Reserve (AFRES) C-5M operators are based at Travis AFB (349th AMW), Dover AFB (512th MAW, Kelly/Lackland AFB in Texas (433rd MAW), and Westover AFB in Massachusetts (439th MAW). The Air National Guard (ANG) previously operated Galaxies from Stewart ANGB in New York (105th MAW), Memphis in Tennessee (164th MAW), and Martinsburg in West Virginia (167th MAW).
A Little C-5 History
The C-5M weighs some 190 tons when empty. When fully loaded (maximum takeoff weight) the package can weigh as much as 460 tons. The original “legacy” C-5A Galaxy strategic airlifter went into service in 1970, replacing the Douglas C-133 Cargomaster in the heavyweight airlifter category. Lockheed built a total of 131 C-5 airframes between the 81 original C-5As built between 1968 and 1973 and the 50 improved C-5Bs built between 1985 and 1989. The 52 C-5Ms in service today were upgraded from the 50 C-5B variants as well as the two previous specially modified C-5A(SCM- Space Cargo Modified) jets that were capable of transporting outsize cargo- primarily for Defense Department space programs and NASA.