Up and away for 23rd Super Galaxy

Up and away for the 23rd C-5M Super Galaxy. (Image © Lockheed Martin)
Up and away for the 23rd C-5M Super Galaxy. (Image © Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin handed over the keys of the 23rd re-engined and modified C-5M Super Galaxy on Tuesday 4 November 2014 to the US Air Force. An air force crew then ferried the aircraft to Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, for some more work, after which it will be flown to its new home at Travis Air Force Base, California.

At Travis, the aircraft joins the 60th Air Mobility Wing. Four C-5Ms are already in use at Travis, with other C-5Ms flying from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. The C-5M is the result of an update program for all earlier versions of the C-5 Galaxy. It involves replacing the four General Electric TF-39 engines – famous for their distinctive high pitched sound – with more powerful and silent General Electric CF6-80C2 commercial engines , known also by military designation F138-GE-100.

The Galaxy’s cockpit is modernized with a digital, all-weather flight control system and autopilot, new displays and communications suite, plus enhanced navigation and safety equipment. The cockpit is designed to reduce crew workload and enhance situational awareness.

Not all Galaxies will undergo transformation to the Super Galaxy: older C-5As are frequently flown to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), better known as the aircraft bone-yard near Tucson. These flight are one way flights.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest