Tag: C-5 Galaxy

Former C-5 pilot remembers his training on the Mighty FRED
"You could see it. You could see the hole in the back of the plane. You could see sunlight streaming in. Things started flying around. Eyeglasses. Pens . . . .” medical technicians aboard C-5 Number 68-0218. Tragically, the most widely publicized C-5 flight occurred on Apr. 4, 1975, when C-5A 68-0218 (S/N...
Former C-5 pilot remembers his FRED Fini-flight
I participated in this local training mission solely to make my last landing on my last, “fini,” flight. This capped 9,500 hours flying the C-5 Galaxy. A marvelous flying life it had been, but now it was over. Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two...
The C-5 Galaxy is so Huge it can carry a whole Aerobatic Team inside its Cargo Bay
The aircraft belonging to the US World Aerobatic Champion Team were transported intact inside the C-5 several times Taken in 1984 at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, the interesting picture in this post shows the aircraft belonging to the US World Aerobatic Champion Team being secured for transportation aboard a U.S. Air Force...
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...