Tag: Air Mobility Command

Remembering Shell 77, the KC-135 tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan while it was departing for combat aerial refueling mission
Shell 77 crew encountered a condition they had not realistically experienced in training, which left them with an unrecognized hazardous situation that was difficult to overcome. On May 3, 2013, a KC-135R, call sign Shell 77, crashed in the foothills of mountains located six miles south of Chaldovar, Kyrgyz Republic. The...
C-5M Super Galaxy lands with nose gear up at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
The C-5M Super Galaxy nose gear is said to have malfunctioned during the training flight A C-5M assigned to the 433rd Airlift Wing landed with its nose gear up at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Mar. 15. According News4Sanantonio the aircraft was returning to base from on a local training mission. The nose gear is said to have malfunctioned during the training flight,...
Did you know thath C-5 Galaxy is so huge it can transport a submarine?
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...
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...
Former C-5 pilot tells the story of the "Cockpit Cat Fight" between two Female Navigators on their first FRED Mission
Meanwhile commander directed a replacement of all C-5M airlifters ball screw assembly parts fleet-wide to ensure compliance with standards of performance and maximize aircrew safety The U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) has cleared five C-5M airlifters assigned to Dover Air Force Base (AFB) to resume flying on Aug. 2. The press release disclosed that the recent incidents involving the...
The Strange case of "Lt Seagull," the C-5 Squadron Ops Officer who tried Everything to not Fly
This is the second time in 60 days that Dover AFB C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft experience nose landing gear malfunction On Jul. 17, 2017 eighteen Lockheed C-5M cargo aircraft assigned to Dover Air Force Base (AFB) have been grounded for inspections following an incident at Naval Station Rota, Spain, whereby a C-5M had a nose gear locking issue while landing. Noteworthy this...
The first operational C-5 was delivered to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base (now known as Joint Base Charleston, S.C.) in Jun. 1970 Taken on Jun. 30, 1969,  the interesting photo in thiS article features the first U.S. Air Force (USAF) Preliminary Evaluation flight of the C-5A Galaxy conducted by the C-5A Test Force, that composed of Air...
The KC-135 Stratotankers are currently scheduled to transfer from McConnell AFB, Kansas, in fiscal year 2020, as McConnell AFB is slated to receive the KC-46A Pegasus On Jun. 5, 2017 the U.S. Air Force (USAF) officials announced Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB), Washington, as the preferred location for basing 12 KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, and MacDill AFB, Florida, as the reasonable...
Without the full C-5M fleet in action, the wear and tear on the remaining planes are flying more than planned, their reliability rates are too low and USAF personnel are overworked flying and maintaining them As reported by Roll Call, since 2015 the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has grounded eight of its newly refurbished, multibillion-dollar C-5M Super Galaxy cargo planes,...
Capable of carrying six Apache helicopters, two M1A Abrams tanks or 250,000 pounds of relief supplies, the C-5M Super Galaxy is uniquely equipped to carry bulky combat equipment The interesting video in this post shows a massive C-5M Super Galaxy transport plane offloading Apache helicopters at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Actually a contingent of U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopters, delivered...

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