C-5M Super Galaxy: Upgrading the USAF's Giant

Clive Bennett visited Dover AFB to hear about C-5 Galaxy operations as examples of the latest C-5M Super Galaxy variant entered service with the USAF. This article first appeared in the July 2013 issue of Aviation News

The United States Air Force (USAF) places great emphasis on strategic airlift, and no aircraft meets this requirement more than the Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, which is now going through a mid-life update to the C-5M Super Galaxy standard.

A C-5M Super Galaxy lifts off from Dover AFB. US Air Force photo/Roland Balik
A C-5M Super Galaxy lifts off from Dover AFB. US Air Force photo/Roland Balik

The 436th Airlift Wing (AW), known as the ‘Eagle Wing’ and the associated Air Force Reserve 512th Airlift Wing, also referred to as the ‘Liberty Wing’, are leading the way with the C-5M’s introduction into service at Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Delaware, on the east coast of the United States.

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