The C-5M is the largest USAF cargo aircraft. It is a long range, high weight cargo aircraft. The C-5 galaxy started off its operational history at Charleston AFB, SC in June 1970. In 1998, based on a study of the airframe service life, the USAF started a modernization program also known as the reliability enhancement reengineering program (RERP). The program upgraded the avionics, navigation, air traffic surveillance and engines.
Specifications: Cargo Compartment:
Length- 247’ 10” Pallet Positions- 36
Height- 65’ 1” Max Cargo- 285,001 lbs
Wingspan- 222’ 9” Length- 143’ 9”
Power Plant- 4 CF6-80C2 GE Engines Width-19’
Thrust- 51,000 lbs per engine Height- 13’ 6”
Cruise- Mach .77
Unrefueled Range- 7,000 NM no cargo, 5500NM 285,000 lbs cargo
Service Ceiling- 41,000 feet @ 750,000 lbs gross weight
Wing loading- 120 lb/ft^2
Landing roll- 3600’
Fuel capacity-440,000 lbs
The C-5M Super Galaxy has the ability to kneel ( on the ground the landing gear will raise back up into the wheel wells dropping the height of the aircraft to make loading easier).The nose of the aircraft can open along with the aft ramp and door to allow for a drive through configuration.
The C-5M is a class of its own. It would create an open invitation for military pilots on IF to enjoy. If created properly many aviation enthusiasts would enjoy this model. This aircraft is truly a great model and I feel it should be added to IF.
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