C-5M Roll-Out


Released on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
United States of America
C-5 Galaxy
C-5M Super Galaxy
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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