Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle 2, unofficially named Avalon, was built by Lockheed and was rated to dive up to 5,000 feet and provided a way to rescue submarine crews trapped beneath the ocean
Taken in 1979 the incredible picture in this post shows Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle 2 (DSRV-2) being loaded aboard a C-5A Galaxy for a 5,500-mile flight from Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, San Diego, California, to Scotland for training with the Royal Navy.
The fifty-foot-long, forty-ton DSRV-2, unofficially named Avalon, was built by Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, California. It entered service in 1971 and was retired in 2000. Avalon was rated to dive up to 5,000 feet and provided a way to rescue submarine crews trapped beneath the ocean.
The C-5A (Air Force serial number 70-0459) was flown at the time by the 60th Military Airlift Wing (MAW) at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), California. That aircraft was retired in March 2011 with 23,940 flight hours.
For decades, the C-5 has been a pivotal air mobility asset, responsible for the rapid deployment of combat forces to any point in the world at short notice. Since its introduction the aircraft seen extensive use in every major global contingency since the Southeast Asia War.
In fact the C-5’s range and cargo capacity greatly exceeded the capabilities of earlier USAF airlifters. The massive cargo hold measured 120 feet long, nearly 20 feet wide, and 13 feet tall.
In a standard configuration it can carry 36 pallets of equipment and 81 troops. The C-5 is also used to transport special oversize loads and can accommodate two Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles or a variety of heavy combat equipment, including two M1 Abrams main battle tanks or three CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
Specially designed for heavy airlift, the C-5’s large front and rear cargo doors reduce cargo transfer times by allowing ground crews to load and off-load the aircraft simultaneously. An innovative “kneeling” landing gear system facilitates vehicle loading and eliminates the need for special lift equipment. The C-5’s “high flotation” landing gear permits the aircraft to operate from smaller, unsurfaced airfields despite its great size and weight, allowing for forward delivery of troops and equipment.
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 its fleet C-5A/B/Cs in 1998.
The updated version of the Galaxy is called C-5M.
Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
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