At a roll-out ceremony May 16 at Lockheed Martin's plant in Marietta, Georgia,
the Air Force accepted delivery of the first C-5M Galaxy, the first of 111 that
will undergo modernization at the facility, extending the fleet's life by more
than 25 years.
The Aeronautical Systems Center's C-5 Systems Group oversees the C-5's
modernization process and supports the Air Force's priorities of recapitalizing
and modernizing faster while cutting costs.
The enhanced airlifter will add to capability to move cargo and people. The
ceremony was a milestone for the program and the Air Force.
A Lockheed Martin spokesman said the C-5M features the commercially proven CF6
General Electric engine. The engine delivers a 22 percent increase in thrust, a
30 percent shorter take-off roll and a 38 percent higher climb to initial
altitude, allowing significantly more cargo to be carried over longer distances.
The C-5 avionics modernization program adds a modern cockpit with a digital,
all-weather flight control system and autopilot, a new communications suite,
flat-panel displays and enhanced navigation and safety equipment to ease crew
workload and enhance situational awareness.
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