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Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

In 1965, shortly after the C-141 Starlifter got off the ground the C-5A Galaxy was being built. The Galaxy first flew on June 30 1968. The worlds largest aircraft at the time, it is surpassed in size only by the Antonov AN-124 Condor and the AN-225 Mriya. It's large landing gear permit the C-5 to operate from semi prepared runways. As well as having a rear loading ramp, it also has a hinged front fuselage door to permit through loading. There were some problems with the stress load on the wing assembly and in 1978 Lockheed received permission to redesign the wings. In 1982 a new production version, the C-5B was undertaken with the first flight taking place on September 10, 1985. Earlier models of the C-5A were upgraded and retrofitted with the new wing assembly and new turbofans (TF39-GE-1C.)

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Specifications C-5A; Engines (four) General Electric TF39-GE-1 turbofans 182.4 kN. (41,000 lbs. st.), Wing span; 67.88 m. (222' 8 1/2"), Length; 75.54 m. (247' 10"), Maximum level speed; 919 km/h. (571 mph.), Maximum Take off weight; 348,810 kg. (769,000 lbs.) Range 6,033 km. (3,749 miles.)

Specifications C-5B; Engines (four) General Electric TF39-GE-1C turbofans 195.0 kN. (43,000 lbs. st.), Wing span; 67.88 m. (222' 8 1/2"), Length; 75.54 m. (247' 10"), Maximum level speed; 908 km/h. (564 mph.), Maximum Take off weight; 379,657 kg. (837,000 lbs.) Range 5,526 km. (3,434 miles.)

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Wings Over The Pacific was updated November 10, 1998