The Largest Aircraft in the U.S. Air Force • C-5M Super Galaxy

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The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft originally designed and built by Lockheed, and now maintained and upgraded by its successor, Lockheed Martin. It provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability, one that can carry outsized and oversized loads, including all air-certifiable cargo.

The Galaxy has many similarities to its smaller Lockheed C-141 Starlifter predecessor and the later Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The C-5 is among the largest military aircraft in the world.

It provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability

one that can carry outsize and oversize loads, including all air-certifiable cargo.

The Galaxy has many similarities to its smaller Lockheed C-141 Starlifter predecessor and the later Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.

The C-5 is among the largest military aircraft in the world.

The C-5M Super Galaxy is an upgraded version with new engines and modernized avionics designed to extend its service life beyond 2040.

The unit cost of  C-5 Galaxy

  • C-5A: US$224.29 million
  • C-5B: US$262.75 million
  • C-5C: US$129.17 million
  • C-5M: US$100.37 million

The C-5 is a large high-wing cargo aircraft with a distinctive high T-tail fin stabilizer and with four TF39 turbofan engines mounted on pylons beneath wings that are swept 25 degrees.

Above the plane-length cargo deck, it provides an upper deck for flight operations and for seating 75 passengers including the embarked loadmaster crew, all who face to the rear of the aircraft during flight. Full-open bay doors at both nose and tail enable “drive-through” loading and unloading of cargo

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