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C-5 Galaxy  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1970
Total Production: 126
Unitary Cost: USD$179 million
Also Known As: C-5A Galaxy, C-5B Galaxy and C-5C Galaxy
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: C-5 Galaxy
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1970
Total Production: 126
Total Cost: USD$23 billion
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Description: The C-5 Galaxy is a heavyweight, long range, cargo aircraft designed to provide strategic airlift for deployment and supply of combat and support forces. The C-5 features front and rear doors for load and off load operations simultaneously. It can takeoff on runways of 2,500 meters and land within 1,500 meters. It is able to carry the heaviest vehicles of the US Army such as the M1 Abrams or bridge-launcher vehicles. The Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) managed by Lockheed-Martin aims at replacing software and hardware on 112 existing C-5A/B strategic cargo aircraft. This effort began in 1999 and it will last several years. AMP will replace the legacy analog cockpit instruments while providing an eight-fold improvement in avionics reliability. Each AMP kit consists of 7 Honeywell 6-inch by 8-inch flat panel, color, sunlight readable, liquid crystal displays with 6 of them for the pilot and copilot and the remaining one for the flight engineer. In addition, GPS/IMU receiver, high frequency datalink and satellite communications suite are also provided within the AMP kit as well as a ground proximity warning system and a collision avoidance system. The AMP kit installation takes 110 calendar days but it is expected to decrease this figure to 60 days.

The first C-5A Galaxy was deployed in 1970 and the first C-5B in 1980. A total of 76 C-5A and 50 C-5B Galaxy aircraft have been delivered to the US Air Force. The US Air Force tries to upgrade existing C-5s to extend its service life well into the 21st century. The AMP program will improve current C-5s performance and paves the way for the Reliability Enhancement and Reengining Program (RERP) adding digital interfaces for CF6 engines and other capabilities needed. After the AMP modification each US Air Force C-5 aircraft will undergo RERP. This program was valued at $11 billion including modification of 112 aircraft.

C-5 Galaxy Specifications

Crew: 7
Number of Engines: 4
Height: 19.8 meter (65 foot)
Length: 75 meter (247 foot)
Wingspan: 68 meter (223 foot)
Max Range: 3,980 kilometer (2,149 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 256 mps (498 KTAS)
Cargo: 122,500 kilogram
Max Takeoff Thrust: 164,400 pound (74,572 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 381 ton (839,947 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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C-5 Galaxy News

There are 10 news between
6 Feb 2006 and 30 Apr 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012US Air Force Takes Delivery of the 79th and Final C-5 AMP Upgraded Aircraft
Friday, February 3, 2012US Air Force Announces Proposed Force Structure Changes
Tuesday, August 25, 2009Lockheed Martin Delivers Final C-5B Galaxy Transport Modified Under Avionics Modernization Program
Wednesday, August 19, 2009Lockheed Martin Officially Starts C-5 RERP Modification Production
Wednesday, April 29, 2009Lockheed Martin Delivers 50th C-5 AMP Aircraft
Wednesday, September 17, 2008First US Air Force C-5A Galaxy Aircraft Enters into Avionics Modernization Program
Friday, September 1, 2006C-5M Super Galaxy Completes Dynamic Taxi Testing
Tuesday, June 20, 2006C-5M Maiden Flight
Wednesday, May 17, 2006C-5M Roll-Out
Monday, February 6, 2006US Air Force QDR and FY2007 Budget Highlights

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America126
201465C-5A (29), C-5B (34) and C-5C (2)

Grand Total 1261
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