C-5A Galaxy

Serial Number: 69-0014

On 24 October 1974, the Air Force successfully conducted an Air Mobile Feasibility Test when C-5A Galaxy 69-0014 (this aircraft!) air dropped an 86,000-lb Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from 20,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean. The missile descended to 8,000 feet under a parachute before its rocket engine fired. The 10-second engine burn carried the missile to 20,000 feet again before it dropped into the ocean. The test proved the feasibility of launching an ICBM from the air. Due to engineering and security difficulties, however, the program was not continued. In the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), the capability was used as a negotiating point.

69-0014 was the first factory new C-5A assigned to Dover AFB, DE in 1973 and on 20 October 2013 it moved to the AMC Museum marking the first time a C-5 was retired to a museum.

Mission

As the Air Force’s largest and only strategic airlifter, the C-5 Galaxy can carry more cargo farther distances than any other aircraft. With a payload of six Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) or up to five helicopters, the C-5 can haul twice as much cargo as any other airlifter.

The C-5 entered operational service in 1970 and has been a vital asset in every military operation since that time including Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. It has also been essential in humanitarian relief efforts including hurricane Katrina, tsunami and earthquake relief. With a service life that stretches beyond 2040, the C-5 will remain a central figure in strategic airlift for decades to come.

Gallery

C-5A Galaxy 69-0014 Arriving, August 7, 2013

 

  • Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
  • First Flight: 30 June 1968
  • Retired: Still in service
Specifications
  • Crew: Pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, loadmaster
  • Payload: Vehicles and outsize loads up to 264,440 lbs in main freight compartment; plus 73 passengers or fully equipped combat troops in upper rear passenger compartment
  • Length: 247 ft 10 in
  • Wingspan: 222 ft 8 in
  • Height: 63 ft 2 in
  • Empty Weight: 375,000 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 838,000 lbs
  • Powerplant: 4x 41,000-lbs-thrust General Electric TF39-GE-1C turbofans
  • Maximum Speed: 601 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 586 mph
  • Range: 3,700 mi with max payload
  • Service Ceiling: 34,000 ft with typical payload
Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's C-5A Galaxy, serial number 69-0014:

Date Location
2 Aug 1971 Accepted by the United States Air Force for the Military Airlift Command (MAC)
3 Aug 1971 Delivered to 436th Military Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, DE (MAC)
26 Jan 1972 to the 437th Military Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, SC (MAC)
21 Aug 1973 to the 436th Military Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, DE (MAC)
27 Jul 1977 to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, CA (MAC)
5 Dec 1981 to the 443d Military Airlift Wing, Altus AFB, OK (MAC)
17 Sep 1983 to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, CA (MAC)
16 Nov 1983 to Lockheed Martin for wing replacement
27 Jun 1984 to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, CA (MAC)
20 Aug 1984 to the 443d Military Airlift Wing, Altus AFB, OK (MAC)
22 Jun 1988 to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, CA (MAC)
21 Dec 1996 to the 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, OK Air Education & Training Command (AETC)
1 Mar 2002 to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, CA (AMC)
15 Jan 2004 to the 433rd Airlift Wing, Lackland AFB, TX Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)
8 Dec 2011 to the 164th Airlift Wing, Memphis IAP, TN Air National Guard (ANG)
7 Aug 2013 Final flight to Dover AFB, DE for demilitarization
20 Oct 2013 Retired to Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover AFB, DE

2 Comments

  • In 1980, 36 years ago, I had the privilege and honor to perform a maintenance run on 0014. I was 21 years old, had been promoted to Buck Sgt (E-4) at the time and stationed at Clark AB Philippines. It was a beautiful January morning at Clark and I was tasked along with a crew of 3 more to perform an engine Test Run on beautiful 0014. She was getting ready for a long trip to the Indian Ocean and was carrying a load of fuel. The start of the engines were uneventful, however after a certain time, #2 engine exploded. Blew the engine cowlings off. I shut the engine down and applied the fire suppression system for #2 while crew called the Tower for help. We continued to conduct emergency shut down procedures and after that I gave the command as the person in the left seat to evacuate the aircraft. We came down those long stairs and started fighting the engine fire with the ground extinguisher. All we were thinking at that time was to save her 0014 from burning up. The fire was so intense that it crept up the nacelle and heading to the wing which was full of fuel. Without a 2nd thought, we ran back up those stairs to the cockpit and activated the fire suppression system for the entire wing. The Fire Dept did their best and the fire was extinguished. Thank God that no one got badly hurt. The aircraft stayed for many months on Clark for repairs. We were decorated for our actions, but what was really important to us was that we saved 0014 to fly another day. 23+ years later 0014 retired at Dover AFB, which was my 1st base I was stationed at in 1976 as a C-5 jet engine mechanic. I too retired as a CMSgt with 23+ years. We survived that horrible day and 0014 and my Mx crew continued to serve our country proudly. I do plan to see her soon, all of my MX crew have faded and we have lost touch, hopefully she 0014 will remember me after all these years, I had more hair then.

  • We visit the AMC-MUSEUM every time when over from Germany.
    Looking forward to seeing the C-5A Galaxy on display next month!

    Greetings from overseas

    Hans

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