USAF considers new role for C-5M

THE USAF IS considering modifications for its C-5M fleet that would allow the Super Galaxy to support large-scale aeromedical evacuation missions.
The role is currently carried out by C-130s, C-17s, and KC-135s. The Globemaster III is the largest aircraft currently tasked with the mission and can carry up to 60 stretcher patients. The C-5 plan would nearly double the service’s medevac capacity for a single aircraft. As the largest airlifter in the USAF’s fleet, the C-5M’s cargo compartment could provide the capability to evacuate more than 100 patients.
Air Mobility Command (AMC) began evaluating the Galaxy in this role in December 2018 when it conducted a flight at Travis AFB, California. A second test was held at Scott AFB, Illinois, in March 2019. The most recent evaluation took place during AMC’s multinational ‘Mobility Guardian’ exercise at Fairchild AFB, Washington, in September.
USAF Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy, serial 84-0061, operated by the 9th Airlift Squadron 'Proud Pelicans', takes off from Dover AFB, Delaware. USAF/Senior Airman Christopher Quail