C-5A Galaxy

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On 24 October 1974, the U.S. 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.

In 1973, 69-0014 was the first factory-new C-5A assigned to Dover AFB, Delaware, 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 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 the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom. It has also been essential in humanitarian relief efforts including Hurricane Katrina and 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.

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

 

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Serial Number: 69-0014
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
Powerplant: 4x 41,000-lbs-thrust General Electric TF39-GE-1C turbofans
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
Maximum Speed:
601 mph
Cruise Speed:
586 mph
Range: 3,700 mi with max payload
Service Ceiling: 34,000 ft with typical payload
AMC Museum Restoration Crew Chief: Rodney Moore

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, Delaware (MAC)
26 Jan 1972 to the 437th Military Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, South Carolina (MAC)
21 Aug 1973 to the 436th Military Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Delaware (MAC)
27 Jul 1977 to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, California (MAC)
5 Dec 1981 to the 443d Military Airlift Wing, Altus AFB, Oklahoma (MAC)
17 Sep 1983 to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, California (MAC)
16 Nov 1983 to Lockheed Martin for wing replacement
27 Jun 1984 to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, California (MAC)
20 Aug 1984 to the 443d Military Airlift Wing, Altus AFB, Oklahoma (MAC)
22 Jun 1988 to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, California (MAC)
21 Dec 1996 to the 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, Oklahoma, Air Education & Training Command (AETC)
1 Mar 2002 to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, California, Air Mobility Command (AMC)
15 Jan 2004 to the 433rd Airlift Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas, Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)
8 Dec 2011 to the 164th Airlift Wing, Memphis IAP, Tennessee Air National Guard (ANG)
7 Aug 2013 Final flight to Dover AFB, Delaware, for retirement
20 Oct 2013 Retired to Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover AFB, Delaware
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I worked the C-5 at Dover as an ART.

In the mid 70’s My wife and I were flying Space-A, trying to return from a European holiday from Torrejón Spain. There was a huge backlog of passengers because every C5A that landed went up on the board as “Broken”. Took us 4 days of waiting before one actually was well enough to get us to Dover.

I crewed “Balls-Fourteen” when she was assigned to the 60th MAW, at Travis, in the late Seventies. Our crewchief was an ART reservist named Mike LaPlante.

Jack,

We had a saying at the 164th MXS that 454 lands on jacks (as-in: lands on jack stands). 019 WAS a damn good jet though! Miss those birds!

Jason

I am looking for Josh Hinson. He was a flight instructor in Charleston, SC in 1973. He was a buddy of my Father, George T. “Bud” Martin often stationed together.

I believe Josh Hinson is dead now. He was a fixture in the 3rd MAS. He went to Charleston as a 2nd Lt. out of pilot training and was there until the C-5s moved to Dover. I flew with him numerous times.

I was at Cam Ranh when the first C-5 landed there. It was my final TDY to Cam Ranh from Clark where I was a Stan/Eval loadmaster on C-130Bs. The airplane came right over Herky Hill and was an impressive sight. I had orders to Charleston and already knew I was going to the 3rd MAS to C-5s. I got there in September. The squadron only had a couple of airplanes at the time. I was one of dozens of lower ranking NCO’s – mostly staff sergeants – coming back to the states from overseas assignments, mostly in Southeast Asia. Some, like me, were coming from C-130 squadrons at Clark, CCK and Naha while some were from C-123s and AC-47s in Vietnam. Those who had C-141, C-133 and C-124 experience were automatically put in the 3rd. (I had volunteered for C-5s while at Clark. I wrote MAC chief loadmaster Sam Hannah a letter volunteering. Although most of my experience was in C-130s, I had spent a little over a year at Robins in the 58th MAS and had a little over 1,000 hours of C-141 time.) There were so many of us that it was several weeks before we could start C-5 FTD. Right after I finished, I was put on a mission in 212, the LTF airplane, along with my buddy and fellow student, Jay Berry, to Cam Ranh Bay. It might be said to have been a trip from hell. Everything was fine through Cam Ranh, where we… Read more »

When was the first C-5A, ” Fat Albert” landing in Cam Rahn Bay?

July 1970 we had competition, a rodeo. I won 1st place and drove the 40k unloader up to be the first person to unload cargo from that first flight in.

July 1970, around the 9th. The airplane was 212, the lead the force airplane. I had flown that morning and was at the barracks on Herky Hill when I heard it coming and went out and watched it come over, then I went down to the flight line and went out and talked to the crew. There is a story that it broke and was there for several days but this is a typical barracks rumor lie. We were scheduled for four-hour ground times when there was loading and offloading involved so some people may have thought it was broke. To the best of my knowledge, no C-5 ever spent more than a few hours in Vietnam. I made a number of trips to Cam Ranh and a few to Tan Son Nhut from the late fall of 1970 to sometime in early 1974 after the squadron moved to Dover.

Can we go inside the flight deck area?

Worked 014, along with 212 and 019, along with 454, and a few others, while stationed at Altus for a couple of years as a 43172…before cross-training to 11370, Flight Engineer. Spent almost 15 years on the C-5, most of that time in Dover. Love that aircraft!

There was a C-5A landing in Cam Rahn Bay AB on June 19, 1971. An odd assortment of items were quickly unloaded e.g. a bus, a tank, etc. Given our priority and security levels, our three pallets of electronic gear, along with another pallet, four in total were loaded and returned to Kadena AB on Okinawa. Eight passengers total plus crew.

C5A pilot, 1973/1976. Travis AFB, CA 938th MAG. Many flights flown to Vietnam and Germany supporting troop movements, cargo deployment as required. Many enroute stops for RON and refueling. No inflight refueling at during those years. We were the “18 wheeler” of the sky.

Was anybody involved in C5A test flight out of Travis AFB to Vietnam?

I was on a return flight from Cam Rahn Bay AB, Vietnam, to Kadena AB, Okinawa, on June 19, 1971 and Ton Son Nhut AB, Vietnam, to Kadena AB, Okinawa, later in September 1971.

When was there a “test flight” out of Travis to Vietnam? The first C-5 squadron was the 3rd MAS at Charleston and the first flight to Vietnam was made by the 3rd lead the force crew. Travis didn’t get a C-5 until several months later.

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… Read more »

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