The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-5A/B/C/M Galaxy

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  • U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

Manufacturer: Lockheed

Function: Outsize cargo transport

Service Date: 1970

Crew: Seven

Speed: 518 mph

Production: 131

Inventory: 94

Commentary: The C-5 is the USAF’s largest transport aircraft. The C-5 is capable of carrying two M1 Abrams battle tanks, six Apache helicopters, or a quarter million pounds of relief supplies. The USAF is upgrading the fleet to the C-5M configuration with new avionics and engines.