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The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is the primary heavy haul aircraft of the U. S. A. F. The aircraft 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 120" 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.
To date, a total of 18 C-5 series M aircraft have been ordered by the U.S.A.F. All but two from the order have been delivered. There are some 71 older C-5 aircraft currently deployed. It is anticipated that all the older aircraft will be retired within the next four years, to be replaced by a total of 52 series M aircraft.
A rc C-5 at 2005 Tucson Fly In.
The rc C-5 makes a fantastic, large, four engine jet radio control airplane subject. We have not found many rc Lockheed C-5 Galaxy radio control airplanes 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 flown at the April 2005 Tucson Fly In. Unfortunately, we do not know who built the rc airplane, its length, or wing span. If you know the builder and specifications of the scale rc model airplane, we would appreciate hearing from you.
You tube has a video of a RC C-5 posted from Breezy Hawk. It has a wingspan of 42" and a length of 45". Power for the scale model rc airplane comes from a single Little Screamer pusher prop in the tail. Itis built from Depron foam and has a weight of 21 oz.
The second picture below is of the rc C-5 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 of the radio control airplane is 21 oz.
The next picture is of the rc C-5 scratch built by John Crosby. The scale model rc airplane has a wingspan of 76" and a length of 83". Power comes from GWS EDF-75 motors turning E-Flite BL400 fans.
The bottom picture is of the scale rc C-5 by ThomasB of RC Groups. It has a wingspan of 105 1/2" and a length of 119".
We would appreciate hearing from you if you if you know of any other rc C-5.
RC C-5 with gear down.
A rc C-5 by Hawker of RC Groups.
A rc C-5 built by John Crosby.
ThomasB of RC Groups rc C-5.
Jason9815 of RC Groups started a build thread about a rc C-5 with a 158" wingspan and a 165" length.
At RC Groups lavochkin mentions a rc C-5.
Pantherflyr at RC Groups started a build thread for a rc C-5 with a 8' 4" wingspan.
At RC Groups 1987tc posted a picture of a rc C-5.
NickC5FE started a build thread at RC Universe about a 120" wingspan rc C-5 scale model rc airplane.