CALIFORNIA’S HEAVIES

The latest version of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy has greatly improved missionreadiness across the airlifter fleet. Combat Aircraft talks to members of the 22nd Airlift Squadron about life on the Travis AFB fight line.

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C-5M serial 87-0030, callsign ‘Fred 31’, drops away from a KC-10A after performing multiple dry contacts over the Californian coast.

FIFTY YEARS AGO, C-5A Galaxy serial 66-8303 rolled down the runway at Lockheed’s Marietta plant in Georgia and into the sky with test pilot Leo J. Sullivan at the controls. That first fight by ‘8303 heavy’ on June 30, 1968, marked the start of a quantum leap forward in the USAF’s airlift capacity.

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