C-5 aircraft being transformed into C-5M Super Galaxy

Another Lockheed Martin C-5 is being transformed into the world’s most capable strategic airlifter, the C-5M Super Galaxy.

With more than 70 improvements, the Super Galaxy is rapidly becoming the linchpin of success in achieving global reach. The next C-5M Super Galaxy will be delivered on Sept. 30, 2010 and will be stationed at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

The C-5M Super Galaxy recently achieved a 96 percent departure reliability rate while delivering critical cargo to troops in Afghanistan and was called upon to carry the 7.5-ton Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to be launched on the last space shuttle flight next year.

The C-5 Galaxy is a large strategic airlifter used by the US Air Force since 1969. The first C-5A Galaxy rolled out of the manufacturing plant in Marietta, Georgia on March 2, 1968.

In 1998, the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program commenced and this included upgrading avionics to Global Air Traffic Management compliance, improving communications, new flat panel displays, improving navigation and safety equipment, and installing a new autopilot system. Another part of the plan is a comprehensive Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program, which includes new General Electric CF6-80C2 engines, pylons and auxiliary power units, with upgrades to aircraft skin and frame, landing gear, cockpit and the pressurization system, resulting to the birth of the C-5M Super Galaxy.




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