U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy Cargo Plane Gets A Successor

Posted Aug 9, 2009

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Erickson has been piloting the C-5 Galaxy cargo plane for over 10 years now.  The C-5 Galaxy can hold about 60 tons of cargo or even 6-7 Apache helicopters.  Recently the Pentagon has decided to upgrade the C-5 Galaxy which has been in operation for about 40 years.  The C-5 Galaxy is the largest plane in its fleet.

The new C-5M model is quite different from the C-5 Galaxy.  The new model has 22% more thrust than the older models.  There is about 50,000 lbs. of thrust for each of the four engines on the cargo plane.  The new plane is expected to save ttime and money for the Air Force.

?When you?ve got more thrust, you can take off with more cargo and more fuel, and from my point of view we might not have to aerial refuel with a tanker to get where we?re going? stated Lt. Col. Erickson in an interview with Wired.  ?It?s one less thing we have to plan for as pilots, and certainly one less thing the Air Force has to pay for.?

The new plane even utilizes GPS navigation now.  The previous model relied on the inertial navigation system which is not as high tech as modern GPS devices.  Don’t take your GPS navigation for granted ever again.  Not everyone can get them right away.

[via Wired]