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IMPRESSIVE PICTURE SHOWS C-5 GALAXY CARGO AIRCRAFT TAXING-OUT ON ROGERS DRY LAKEBED

The taxi runs tested the structural integrity and movement of C-5’s new engines and pylons under rough conditions

Taken on Aug. 2, 2006 the impressive picture in this post shows a C-5 Galaxy taxing across a series of ramps laid out on Rogers Dry Lakebed as part of its Reliability Enhancement and Re-Engining Program (RERP). The taxi runs tested the structural integrity and movement of the aircraft’s new engines and pylons under rough conditions.

Based on a study showing 80 percent of the C-5 airframe service life remaining, Air Mobility Command (AMC) began an aggressive program to modernize the C-5 in 1998. The C-5 Avionics Modernization Program included upgrading the avionics to improve communications, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management compliance. The upgrade also added new safety equipment and installed a new autopilot system.

Another part of the C-5 modernization plan was RERP. The centerpiece of this program was the General Electric CF6-80C2 (F-138) commercial engine. This engine delivers a 22 percent increase in thrust, a 30 percent shorter take-off roll, has a 58 percent faster climb rate and allows significantly more cargo to be carried over longer distances.

With its new engine and other system upgrades, the RERP modified C-5A/B/Cs become C-5Ms, Super Galaxy.

Since its inception, the C-5 has been a critical instrument of national policy. From the defense of Israel in the Yom Kippur war, to the air bridge supporting coalition forces in Desert Storm, the C-5 delivers unmatched capability to carry enormous loads over global distances.

Today the C-5M provides greatly improved reliability, efficiency, maintainability and availability, while ensuring this critical strategic airlift resource continues serving the warfighter well into the 21st century.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. C-5M Super Galaxy 60th Air Mobility Wing, 349th Air Mobility Wing, 22nd Airlift Squadron, 07-0042 – Travis AFB, CA.

Photot credit: Edwards History Office file photo / U.S. Air Force

Source: U.S. Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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