On Dec. 19, 2020 Dover Air Force Base was pretty dead for about 3 hours until this C-5M made an appearance…
Taken on Dec. 19, 2020 at Dover Air Force Base (AFB) and posted on YouTube Channel, The Train and Plane Spotter, the impressive video in this post shows a massive C-5M Super Galaxy airlifter doing a very short take off.
The owner of the channel explains in the video description: “On December 19, 2020, I went to Dover Air Force Base to see what action we would see and it was pretty dead for about 3 hours until this C-5M made an appearance right before we left the AMC museum. This Super Galaxy C-5M #85-0001 uses runway #01 for take off/departure heading for McGuire Air Force Base in Wrightstown, NJ as flight #RCH258. Takeoff time was about 3:00 PM. Enjoy The Video!”
The world-record-setting Super Galaxy is the only strategic airlifter capable of linking America directly to the warfighter, in all theaters of combat without refueling.
The C-5M Super Galaxy is equipped with five sets of landing gear, 28 wheels, four General Electric CF6-80C2-L1F (F-138) commercial engines, and a state-of-the-art maintenance diagnostics system. It can carry oversized cargo over intercontinental ranges and can take off and land on relatively short runways. Both the nose and aft doors open, allowing ground crews to simultaneously load and off-load cargo from both ends, reducing cargo transfer times. The full-width drive-on ramps at each end enable double rows of vehicles to be transported.
The C-5M, with a cargo load of 281,001 pounds (127,460 kilograms), can fly 2,150 nautical miles, offload, and fly to a second base 500 nautical miles away from the original destination — all without aerial refueling. With aerial refueling, the aircraft’s range is limited only by crew endurance.