Lockheed C-5A 'Galaxy'
|Notes: LONG-RANGE air refuelable transport. High swept wing, high T-TAIL empennage, FUSELAGE-MOUNTED landing gear, visor front and rear cargo opening for straight thru loading and unloading (6 CREW) .<
|  Base model:||C-5|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Tri-Service|
|  Designation Period:||1962-Present|
|  Basic role:||Transport|
|  Length:|| 247' 10"|| 75.5 m|
|  Height:||65' 1.5"|| 19.8 m|
|  Wingspan:|| 222' 8.5"|| 67.8 m|
|  Empty Weight:|| 325,244 lb||147,502 kg|
|  Gross Weight:|| 769,000 lb||348,752 kg|
|  No. of Engines:|| 4|
|  Powerplant:|| General Electric TF39-1|
|  Thrust (each):||41,000 lb||18,594 kg|
|  Range:|| 3,749 miles|| 6,037 km|
|  Max Speed:|| 571 mph|| 919 km/h|| 496 kt|
|  Climb:|| 1,800 ft/min|| 548 m/min|
|  Ceiling:|| 34,000 ft|| 10,363 m|
Known serial numbers
|66-8303 / 66-8307, 67-0167 / 67-0174, 68-0211 / 68-0228, 69-0001 / 69-0027, 70-0445 / 70-0467, 70-0468
71-0180 / 71-0212
72-0099 / 72-0112
Examples of this type may be found at
C-5A on display
Air Mobility Command Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| William M. Swifka|
| Yes, I was at TAFB when the visor came down with crash. They figured out that one of the upper lock switches was bad. But found too late. The tail number was #218.
08/29/2014 @ 08:30 [ref: 68629]
| I flew on the C-5A/B for 21 years as a Flight Engineer,both in the 9th and 326th MAS at Dover. Flew on the first flight out of Dover on the first local flight the 5th 0f March 1971 my last flight was 22 December 1993.
Had many inflight emergencys including a #3 engine that threw 5 "T" wheels out the sides of the engine over the North Atlantic, several bird strikes on and on.
12/25/2011 @ 14:18 [ref: 51332]
| Dan Marlin|
| Now, here's a good question for all of you non-FRED types: Did you know that it's possible to change all four nose landing gear wheels without using a jack? Try to figure THAT one out!
02/09/2009 @ 09:25 [ref: 23678]
Give up? Kneel the aft main landing gear. Secondary way of changing nose tires.
07/13/2011 @ 19:09 [ref: 40356]
| Stationed at Dover from 1982 thru 1996 MADAR /AFIN
Does anyone remember old spooky 70 170 This airplane was strange to work on at night expecialy on the compass rose a lot of weird things happened.
05/04/2011 @ 08:47 [ref: 37640]
| I was assigned as dcc on70167 It was the proto pig we named it boss hog |
04/04/2011 @ 20:11 [ref: 37167]
| TOM MCAFEE|
WINSTO SALEM, NC
| THE FIRST FLIGHT OF THE C-5, WAS DONE BY LEO SULLIVAN. ATLANTA RADAR DUBBED IT THE "ALUMINUM CLOUD". I ASKED LEO, HOW DID HE KNOW WHEN TO ROTATE FOR LANDING; HE SAID WHEN HIS COPILOT SUCKED IN AIR, HE STARTED BACK ON THE YOKE. ACUALLY WE WERE SHOOTING FOR 60 FT.ABOVE THE RUNWAY. GOOD JOB LEO. |
12/01/2010 @ 12:44 [ref: 33865]
| bill duvall|
| charles turano
the tail no. on the c5a that had the visor drop was 680218 not sure of date,but i think it was some time in 1974.680218 was the same plane that crashed in nam in 1975,i guess all models of aircraft had a hard luck plane.
10/14/2010 @ 19:04 [ref: 31492]
| fred REFERS TO F**KING RIDICULOUS ECONOMIC DISASTER |
09/05/2010 @ 02:52 [ref: 29773]
| Dear fozzie. I worked C-5s for almost six years. You were asking about the name Fred. It's actually an acronym for the plane. It stands for F'ing Rediculous Engineering Disaster. Trust me, it lives up to the name. |
04/18/2010 @ 22:45 [ref: 26037]
| Charles Turano|
| Dear Nancey Boiejack
The C5A's had 28 tires ,Four nose tires and 24 main tires. there was six tires to a main gear with four main gears. You also could deflate the tires to a lower pressure setting from the cockpit for durt runways if you needed them. I was a C5A crew cheif at travis AFB CA from 1973 -1978. Does anyone remember the C5 tail # and date the visor motor mount braket broke and the visor came slamming close with a big bang . I was safety wiring a cannon plug on the transfor rectifiers up on the fwd cat walk when it happened . It blew me down throgh the inside of tghe carco bay almost out the back doors.Let me know if anyone remembers that . Thanks
11/01/2009 @ 16:01 [ref: 25245]
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