Lockheed C-5 Galaxy


C-5B Galaxy

Wingspan: 223 feet

Length: 247 feet

Wing Area: 6,200 square feet

Maximum Weight: 837,000 pounds (Restricted to 769,000 pounds in peacetime)

Maximum Payload: 73 troops, 2 payload masters, and 291,000 pounds cargo

Range: 3,400 miles

Powerplant: 4x 43,000 pound st TF39-GE-1C turbofans

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The sixth C-5A, 67-0167 makes a pass over the Edwards Air Force Base Open House Display on May 19, 1970. Galaxies were originally painted white over gull gray (FS 16473) with a blue cheat line. The nose radome was black. Photographer Richard Lockett.

Demonstration of refueling a C-5A Galaxy by a Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House Display on May 16, 1973. A Lockheed T-33 flies off the wing of the Galaxy to provide scale.

C-5A 66-8306 at Edwards AFB on September 20, 1981.

C-5A 68-0219 on static display at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House Display on October 23, 1982. The nose visor is up to provide access to the cargo hold. The rear cargo loading doors are also open. The landing gear have been retracted to bring the cargo floor to the same height as a standard truck bed.

C-5A 69-001 on static display at the Vandenberg Air Force Base Airshow on November 14, 1984. In the middle of the eighties, the Galaxy fleet was repainted in European-1 camouflage. The upper surfaces were painted with gray (FS 36118) and two shades of green (FS 34102 and FS 34092). As the camouflaged Galaxies entered the fleet, green nose radomes found their way onto some of the "white top" Galaxies.

C-5A 66-8305, Edwards AFB, November 9, 1986 The third C-5A, 66-8305 on static display at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House Display on November 9, 1986. The upper surfaces of the wing of this white top Galaxy have acquired the gray/green European-1 camouflage. The entire fleet of C-5A Galaxies had their wing boxes replaced when it as discovered that the original design had a much shorter life than had been predicted. The new wing boxes were painted with the European-1 camouflage in anticipation of the repainting of the rest of the airplanes.

C-5A 69-0012 at Moffett Naval Air Station on July 2, 1988.

C-5B at Edwards Air Force Base on October 23, 1988.

Frankfurt, Germany, June 29, 1989 C-5A lands at Frankfurt Airport in Germany on June 29, 1989.

Miramar NAS, August 12, 1989 C-5B 85-004, on static display at the Miramar Naval Air Station Airshow on August 12, 1989. The landing gear are in the fully extended position used for take-off and landing.

C-5 at Beale AFB on October 14, 1989.

Yuma MCAS, November 12, 1989 C-5B 86-016 on static display at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station Airshow on November 12, 1989.

Davis-Monthan AFB, March 17, 1990 C-5B 86-026 on static display at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on March 17, 1990.

C-5B 86-0026 at Davis-Monthan AFB on March 17, 1990.

C-5A 69-0026 at Travis AFB on September 13, 1991.

C-5A 69-0026 at Travis AFB on September 13, 1991.

C-5A 69-0026 at Travis AFB on September 13, 1991.

C-5B 85-0004 at Travis AFB on September 13, 1991.

C-5B 85-0004 at Travis AFB on September 13, 1991.

C-5B 85-0004 at Travis AFB on September 13, 1991. Notice how the main landing gear bogies rotate ninety degrees around the vertical axis as they retract.

C-5B 87-0032 at Nellis AFB on April 25, 1997.

C-5B 87-0032 from Travis AFB makes a pass over the Nellis Air Force Base Golden Air Tattoo on April 26, 1997. C-5 Galaxies are now painted in uniform gray (FS 36173).

C-5 on approach to McClellan Air Force Base on August 7, 1998. Note the large area of the extended flaps.

C-5B 87-0038 takes off from Travis Air Force Base on August 8, 1998.

C-5B 87-0038 takes off from Travis Air Force Base on August 8, 1998.

C-5B 86-0024 at Travis AFB on August 8, 1998.

C-5B 87-0038 at Travis AFB on August 8, 1998.

C-5B 85-0003, Chevrons of Dover at Palm Springs Airport on December 30, 2006.

Lockheed C-5M Galaxy 86-0025, 436 AW, September 26, 2007 Lockheed C-5M Galaxy 86-0025 of the 436th Airlift Wing based at Dover Air Force Base on flight test duty at Edwards Air Force Base on September 26, 2007. It is the second Galaxy to be modernized with General Electric CF6-80C2 engines and a glass cockpit. It made its first flight after modification on November 17, 2006.

Lockheed C-5M Galaxy 86-0025, 436 AW, September 26, 2007 The C-5M can be distinguished from earlier models of the Galaxy by the shape of the engine nacelles.

Lockheed C-5M Galaxy 86-0025, 436 AW, September 26, 2007

Lockheed C-5M Galaxy 86-0025, 436 AW, September 26, 2007 C-5M 86-0025 carries a large, orange air-data boom on its nose.

Lockheed C-5M Galaxy 86-0025, 436 AW, September 26, 2007




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C-5A 66-8306, Edwards AFB, September 20, 1981
C-5, Beale AFB, October 14, 1989
C-5B 86-0026, Davis-Monthan AFB, March 17, 1990
C-5A 69-0026, Travis AFB, September 13, 1991
C-5B 85-0004, Travis AFB, September 13, 1991
C-5B 87-0032, Nellis AFB, April 25, 1997
C-5B 87-0032, Nellis AFB, April 26, 1997
C-5, McClellan AFB, August 7, 1998
C-5B 86-0024, Travis AFB, August 8, 1998
C-5B 87-0039, Travis AFB, August 8, 1998

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Coulson Flying Tankers Martin JRM C-FLYL Hawaii Mars, Lake Elsinore, California, October 27, 2007
Lockheed C-5B Galaxy 87-0039, Travis Air Force Base, August 8, 1998
Boeing 747-123 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft N905NA/Atlantis, Edwards Air Force Base, July 7, 2007
Antonov Polet An-124-100 RA-82080,Mesa Gateway Airport, January 15, 2011
China Airlines Boeing 747-409 B-18210 Dreamliner, Los Angeles International Airport, March 2, 2006
Antonov An-225 Mriya UR82060, Zhukovsky, Russia, September 3, 1993
Evergreen International 747-273C Supertanker, N470EV, San Bernardino, California, May 31, 2006
Boeing Thai 777-3D7 HS-TKD, Los Angeles International Airport, August 20, 2013
Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340-313E F-OLOV, Los Angeles International Airport, March 2, 2006
China Eastern Airlines Airbus A340-642 B-6052, Los Angeles International Airport, February 28, 2006
British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLEE, Los Angeles International Airport, January 19, 2015
Lufthansa Boeing 747-830 D-ABYK, Los Angeles International Airport, January 19, 2015

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Giant Jet Airplanes

  First Flight Wing Span Length Wing Area Gross Weight Engines
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

?

197ft, 03in

206ft

3,501

545,000

2 x 71,000 lb General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Boeing 747-8 Jumbo Jet

2010

224ft,07in

250ft,02in

?

975,000

4 x 66,500 GEnx-2B67
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

2009

197ft, 03in

186ft

3,501

502,500

2 x 64,000 lb General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Airbus A380

2005

261ft,10in

239ft,06in

9,100

1,235,000

4 x 84,000 lb RR Trent 900 or Engine Alliance GP-7200
Boeing 777-300ER

2003

212ft,07in

242ft,04in

4,700

775,000

2 x 115,300 lb GE90-115B
Airbus A340-600

2001

208ft,02in

247ft,01in

4,729

811,300

4 x 56,000 lb RR Trent 556
Boeing 777-200

1994

209ft,01in

199ft,11in

4,605

545,000

2 x 74,000 lb PW4074, GE90-75B, or RR Trent 875
Airbus A330-300

1992

197ft,10in

208ft,10in

3,892

507,000

2 x 51,590 lb GE CF6-80E, PW4000, or RR Trent 700
Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet

1988

211ft,05in

231ft,10in

5,650

833,000

4 x 45,000 PW4062 or GE CF6-80C2B1F
Antonov An-225 Mryia

1988

290ft,00in

275ft,07in

10,280

1,300,000

6 x 51,590 lb DT-18T
Antonov An-124 Ruslan

1984

240ft,00in

227ft,00in

6,760

890,000

4 x 51,590 lb DT-18T
Tupolev 160 Blackjack 1981 182ft, 09in 177ft, 06in 3,660 606,000 4 x 50,900 lb NK-321
Lockheed C-5A Galaxy

1968

222ft,08in

247ft,10in

6,200

769,000

4 x 50,000 lb GE TF-39
Boeing 747-100 Jumbo Jet

1968

195ft,08in

231ft,04in

5,500

850,000

4 x 50,000 lb P&W JT9D
Antonov An-22 Antheus

1965

211ft,04in

189ft,07in

3,713

550,000

4 x 15,000 shp Kuznetsov NK-12MV
North American XB-70A Valkyrie

1964

105ft,00in

189ft,00in

6,297

530,000

6 x 33,000,lb J-93
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

1952

185ft,00in

157ft,07in

4,000

450,000

8 x 8,000 lb J-57
Convair YB-60

1952

206ft,05in

175ft,02in

5,239

410,000

8 x 8,000 lb J-57


Books about Lockheed and the C-5 Galaxy available from

Beyond the Horizons Beyond the Horizon : The Lockheed Story by Walter J. Boyne

Lockheed Aircraft Cutaways : The History of Lockheed Martin by Mike Badrocke, Bill Gunston

Lockheed C-5 : Case Study in Aircraft Design; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


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