Tag: C-5 Galaxy

USAF retires its last C-5A
“The majority of my flying time has been on these A-models, they have taken me all over the world. I always enjoyed flying on them more than the newer models,” Senior Master Sgt. Nicholas Perna, 337th Airlift Squadron, loadmaster for last C-5A flight An unmistakable sound echoed across the sky above Westover...
Here's how you can take off (and fly) a C-5 carrying the massive Navy SEAL Boat
'The SEAL boat, officially termed the “Mark V Special Operations Craft,” is a monster. It is 82 feet long, 17.5 feet high, and most significantly, weighs 120,000 lbs. All takeoffs with the boat on board were white knuckle, max performance affairs, requiring long runways to attain our critical field length,' Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot
Operation Nickel Grass: The C-5/C-141 Airlift that saved Israel
It is sufficient to say that U.S. military transport aircraft - much larger than those deployed by other belligerents in Yom Kippur War - delivered no fewer than 22,345 tons of freight in the course of 556 sorties flown by Oct. 24, 1973 Western military observers often emphasise that during the October 1973...
The Strange case of "Lt Seagull," the C-5 Squadron Ops Officer who tried Everything to not Fly
"In reading my professional evaluation I saw the statement citing my flying in command for ASEV had been removed. He frowned and nodded his head to imply he had had to make a difficult decision and said: 'I know, Jay, it was a tough call but I had to remove that sentence. It would have made all the other...
Former C-5 Pilot Remembers his First FRED Landing at Al Kharj airfield, AKA Al’s Garage
"At one mile, however, I saw the large numerals “35” on the concrete strip to the right. That was the runway, I was lined up on the taxiway. I did a quick dip to the right and lined up on the runway," Jay Lacklen, former C-5 Pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author...
Former C-5 pilot tells the story of the "Cockpit Cat Fight" between two Female Navigators on their first FRED Mission
"Sandy, the pretty one, and Penny, the interesting one, hunched over the scope on the navigators' station behind the pilot. Their voices rose in volume and their tone turned argumentative and aggressive," Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force Pilot’s Journey...
Video shows crash animation of Operation Babylift C-5 accident
"On this clear night I could sense the outline of southern Spain and northern Africa, a spectacular panoramic view from my space ship," Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force Pilot’s Journey and Flying the Line: An Air Force Pilot’s Journey...
The story of the C-5 pilot who was saved by his guardian angel twice in the same mission
"Fascinated, I watched this process that produced an airborne spiral staircase of circling and descending planes below me. Soon, however, disputes arose. Most of the aircraft had flown from all parts of the world to land in Germany and some did not have much fuel left..." Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500...
Former C-5 pilot remembers his training on the Mighty FRED
"The C-5 is marginally larger than a Boeing 747. I joked that if the 747 guys would keep their 'little' airplane out of my way, I'd keep my little wallet out of their way." Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force...
USAF receives final C-5M Super Galaxy
The delivery completes the RERP upgrade, which extends the service life of the C-5 fleet out until the 2040s On Aug. 2, 2018 at the company's Marietta, Georgia, facility, Lockheed Martin delivered the 52nd C-5M Super Galaxy strategic transport modernized under the U.S. Air Force's Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP). According to a Lockheed Martin news release, the delivery completes...

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