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Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
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C-5M Super Galaxy Specifications

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global transport
US$168 million
US$78,817 per hour
GE CF6-80C2
4- 50,000 lbs.+ ea.
247 ft. 10 in.
229 ft. 9 in.
337,940 lbs.
900,000 lbs.
73 troops
350,000 lbs.
L-121', W-19', H-13.5'
349,866 lbs.
550 mph
595 mph
2,850 fpm
46,900 feet
4,000 miles

The C-5 Galaxy for sale by Lockheed had its origins in the early 1960's as a larger replacement for existing aircraft.

In 1965 Lockheed was awarded the contract for the aircraft. On June 30, 1968 the first C-5 Galaxy took to the sky. They began deployment in 1970.

The front and rear cargo doors of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy allow drive through aircraft loading and unloading. Its landing gear can be adjusted to lower the floor of the cargo area by approximately 10 ft. from normal height. This facilitates the loading of cargo by lowering the height of the cargo floor to only half the normal distance from the ground. It also keeps the incline angle of the aircraft ramps at a minimum.

The ailerons of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy are computer controlled to move automatically in order to counter wing flexing that can occur during flight. The aircraft is completely pressurized and is capable of in flight refueling.

A twenty eight wheel landing gear permits wider load distribution for rough runway operations. The fuselage mounted landing gear can operate each wheel set separately. This facilitates maintenance. The landing gear system can be angled up to twenty degrees to facilitate cross wind landings and take offs.

The aircraft has four electrical generators and two auxiliary power units, a triple redundancy GPS navigation system, computerized aircraft systems analysis, monitoring and recording.

C-5 Galaxy aircraft participated in airlifts late in the Vietnam War. Taking off from the Azors, the aircraft help supply Israel with tanks and other weapons during the 1973 war with Syria and Egypt. They also delivered supplies to earthquake victims in Armenia during December of 1988. In March of 1989 the aircraft delivered two million lbs. of supplies for clean up of the Alaska oil spill. They participated in Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

In 2006 Lockheed began the upgrading of C-5 aircraft with more efficient, powerful engines, fuselage enhancements, and new avionics. The upgraded aircraft are designated Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy. The aircraft have increased carrying capacity, range, and performance.

During testing in September, 2009, a Super Galaxy set numerous new records for its class regarding cargo loads and record times to flight ceilings.

A total of over 130 Lockheed C-5 Galaxy aircraft of all types have been produced.

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

The rc C-5 Galaxy makes a fantastic, large, four engine jet. We have not found many being modeled nor do we find any plans or kits for sale.

Pictured above and in the first picture below is a great looking rc C-5 Galaxy flown at the April 2005 Tucson Fly In. Unfortunately, we do not know who built it, its length, or wingspan. If you know the builder and specifications, we would appreciate hearing from you.

rc C-5 Galaxy
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

rc C-5 Galaxy
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

The rc C-5 Galaxy scratch built by Hawker of RC Groups wingspan is 40" and the length is 45". A single outrunner pusher prop powers the model. All up weight is 21 oz.

rc C-5 Galaxy
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

The rc C-5 Galaxy scratch built by John Crosby has a wingspan of 76" and a length of 83". Power comes from GWS EDF-75 motors turning E-Flite BL400 fans.

rc C-5 Galaxy
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

The rc C-5 Galaxy built by ThomasB of RC Groups has a wingspan of 105 1/2" and a length of 119".

You Tube has a video of a rc C-5 Galaxy posted by Breezy Hawk. It has a wingspan of 42" and a length of 45". Power comes from a single Little Screamer pusher prop in the tail. It is built from Depron foam and has a weight of 21 oz.

Jason9815 of RC Groups started a build thread about a rc C-5 Galaxy with a 158" wingspan and a 165" length.

At RC Groups lavochkin mentions a rc C-5 Galaxy.

Pantherflyr at RC Groups started a build thread for a rc C-5 Galaxy with a 8 foot wingspan.

At RC Groups 1987tc posted a picture of a rc C-5 Galaxy.

NickC5FE started a build thread at RC Universe about a 120" wingspan rc C-5 Galaxy.

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