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Meet the C-5 Galaxy, the largest plane in the US Air Force, a true engineering marvel, designed to transport gigantic payloads around the world

Written by Rafaela Fabris
Published 20/05/2024 às 17:03
Meet the C-5 Galaxy, the largest plane in the US Air Force, a true engineering marvel, designed to transport gigantic payloads around the world
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C-5 Galaxy, the largest plane in the US Air Force, capable of transporting gigantic payloads around the world thanks to its innovative design and ability to take off and land on short runways.

In 1963, the US Air Force began looking for a jet successor for the C-133 Cargomaster. This quest led to the creation of the C-5 Galaxy, a gigantic military transport plane. The first C-5A Galaxy prototype began construction in August 1966 and made its maiden flight on March 2, 1968.

The C-5 Galaxy revolutionized cargo transportation. It is known for being a “heavyweight”, capable of carrying satellites, helicopters and other bulky loads. Its cargo compartment is enormous, measuring 37 meters long, 5,8 meters wide and 4,1 meters high, totaling 35.000 cubic feet of space.

The C-5 Galaxy's engines are four GE TF39 turbofans

This plane has doors at the front and rear, allowing vehicles to enter and exit via ramps at both ends. This makes loading and unloading cargo much easier. The C-5 Galaxy's engines are four GE TF39 turbofans, each generating 50.000 pounds (22.700 kg) of thrust. These engines are powerful and efficient, allowing the C-5 to take off with up to 380 tons. Its long wings and tail design help maintain aerodynamic efficiency.

The C-5's landing gear is impressive, with 28 wheels that allow it to land and take off almost anywhere. The landing gear “kneeling” system allows the cargo compartment to be at the ideal height for loading and unloading heavy and large equipment.

The largest aircraft in the US Air Force is equipped with advanced navigation and monitoring systems, including the MADAR system

In addition to its payload capabilities, the C-5 is equipped with advanced navigation and monitoring systems, including the MADAR system, which monitors more than 800 test points on the aircraft. It also has a triple inertial navigation system that allows independent ground navigation aid flights.

The C-5 Galaxy can take off from a runway of just 2.530 meters and land on a runway of 1.493 meters, even with maximum load. It can also be refueled in flight, allowing continuous missions without the need to land for refueling.

The C-5 Galaxy is a true masterpiece of military engineering, standing out for its ability to transport enormous loads and carry out complex missions anywhere in the world. Its role is crucial to US military logistics, being a symbol of the US Air Force's capability and innovation.

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Rafaela Fabris

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