C-5 Galaxy Profile

C-5 Galaxy Profile

The C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft built by Lockheed. The C-5 Galaxy has been operated since 1969 and is among the largest military aircraft in the world.

National origin : United States
Manufacturer : Lockheed
Role : Strategic airlifter
First flight : 30 June 1968
Introduction : June 1970
Status : Operational, Active: 33, Reserve: 45, ANG: 30
Primary user : United States Air Force
Produced : C-5A: 1968–1973, C-5B: 1985–1989, C-5M upgrades: 2006-present
Number built : 131 (C-5A: 81, C-5B: 50)
Unit cost : C-5B: US$167.7 million

The C-5 Galaxy has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF. The C-5 is a large high-wing cargo aircraft. It has a distinctive high T-tail, 25 degree wing sweep, and four TF39 turbofan engines mounted on pylons beneath the wings.

The Galaxy is capable of carrying nearly every type of the Army’s combat equipment, including bulky items such as the 74 short tons (67 t) armored vehicle launched bridge, from the United States to any location on the globe.

C-5 Galaxy Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 8 typical (pilot, first pilot, copilot, two flight engineers, three loadmasters)
    4 minimum (pilot, copilot, two flight engineers)
  • Payload: 270,000 lb (122,470 kg)
  • Length: 247 ft 1 in (75.31 m)
  • Wingspan: 222 ft 9 in (67.89 m)
  • Height: 65 ft 1 in (19.84 m)
  • Wing area: 6,200 ft2 (576 m2)
  • Empty weight: 380,000 lb (172,370 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 769,000 lb (348,800 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 840,000 lb (381,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × General Electric TF39-GE-1C high-bypass turbofan, 43,000 lbf (190 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.79 (503 kn, 579 mph, 932 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.77 (919 km/h)
  • Range: 2,400 nmi (2,760 mi, 4,440 km) with a 263,200 lb (119,400 kg)payload
  • Service ceiling: 35,700 ft (10,600 m) at 615,000 lb (279,000 kg) gross weight
  • Rate of climb: 1,800 ft/min (9.14 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 120 lb/ft2 (610 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.22
  • Takeoff roll: 8,400 ft (2,600 m)
  • Landing roll: 3,600 ft (1,100 m)
  • Fuel capacity: 51,150 US gal (193,600 L)
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