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Old 05-15-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Here's a takeoff in heavy rain at Gander in Newfoundland. Full screen and volume up, gang!

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Quiz time....how many wheels on that baby?
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Very impressive. Thanks Bill
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Hard to believe something that big can actually fly.
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Got to watch a C-5A come into NAS North Island once. From the control tower.
Not sure it was the same model, but it was SO huge, it looked like it was barely moving as it came in.
Someone there told me they needed 18" of concrete to land on. This was about 1972 or 73.
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Glad I am not the only aircraft junkie on Ifish. Here is another sweet takeoff, from Gdansk, Poland. Go to about 3:30 if you want. The amazing thing here is the extremely short takeoff roll. You'd think you were watching a Hercules, not a Galaxy!

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Looks like 20 wheels.


Nothing like the sound of the compressor blades packing air in faster than it can escape out the back. What a scream!!! Some engine compressors can produce 14 (maybe more) atmospheres of pressure, that's around 200 psi.
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Double ear protection ain't enuff.
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I have jumped out of many of planes, but not a C-5.
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C-5A is a great plane, but take a look at the workhorse C-17 in short-field action


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WOW! Hard act to follow.
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Looks like 20 wheels.


Nothing like the sound of the compressor blades packing air in faster than it can escape out the back. What a scream!!! Some engine compressors can produce 14 (maybe more) atmospheres of pressure, that's around 200 psi.
Close, but you need to bring your own smokes (no ceegar). There's actually 28 of them rollers. So.....


Quiz #2: What size tires on that thing? Yes, I know.
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That C-17 is very impressive too. I did not know they could use the thrusters to actually back up too!!! Kind of looked like a arresting cable on the deck of a carrier. I live a few miles from McChord AFB and am in the flight path when they are making touch and go so I get to see them fly over the house at a low altitude. The sound of freedom
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Close, but you need to bring your own smokes (no ceegar). There's actually 28 of them rollers. So.....


Quiz #2: What size tires on that thing? Yes, I know.
Don't know the size. But each tire weighs over 4,000 pounds.
So probably pretty big.
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Then, there are phallic signs created by F-18's




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I remember that on the news.
Can't remember what kind of wrist slap the pilots got though.
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When I was in the Army working on Nike Hercules missiles at Ft. Bliss, we has a C-5A land at Biggs Airfield for Field Mobility Training. On guard duty that night, I climbed up through the tail, opened the hatch on top of the tail, smoked one and watched the sunset.

We rolled a fully loaded launcher with missile into the cargo bay, and had room left!
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Don't know the size. But each tire weighs over 4,000 pounds.
So probably pretty big.
Maybe a set. Spec is 157 lbs each.
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Dogzilla, did you forget the nose wheels?

The first time I saw a C5A was at NAS Miramar. It was on straight-in final and the Local controller was stuffing F4s and F14s in front of it. I couldn't believe he could get another fighter on the right runway ahead of the heavy but he just kept stuffing them in there.

I realized it was an optical illusion when that bus looked like it stopped on final...and just kept getting bigger. The eye is deceived especially when the eye is calibrated to fighter jets. No wonder Local could get a few more in there, that airplane was still nearly five miles away.

The C5A was flying the middle stage of a Saturn rocket across the US. The huge center stage was brought by truck, taking up two lanes as it went. The C5 dropped its nose down as it broke open and swallowed the center stage like a python swallowing another python only a few centimeters smaller than it is. It looked like one was built for the other.

I didn't get certified at NZY until '78 but it would have been a thrill to see a C5 cruising down the Strand past Dick Van Dyke's house and seal beach (team #1).
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I'm more if a bird of prey guy.
Note the force multiplier pods, Talon Hate Pods lets F15's see what F22's are seeing, Legion Pod allows for radarless target acquisition of stealth aircraft, Sniper is a inhanced targeting pod.


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Now I have jumped out of a C-17, or I should say I have been sucked out of a C-17.
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A long, long time ago, I was stationed at Travis AFB. We had 2 of the first 5 delivered. They had the problem of not being able to rise up after kneeling. So they stoped that for awhile. First time I saw one take off, looked like a hanger starting to fly. I did not work on them, but biggest problem with the airplane was the problem detection system. MADAR or something like that. Found problems that were not problems. I fixed radars on transports, but never did see a unit from the Galaxy.
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My former father in law put in many years as an engineer designing the avionics of the C-17 at Wright Patterson AFB. It is a wonderfully capable ship and a worthy heir to the old original Globemaster of the Vietnam era.
Stumpy, I will give my regards to Fort Bliss and Biggs Field for you next time I pass through in a couple of weeks. Starting to get hot here, as you no doubt recall about May and June in El Paso and vicinity.
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Dave G, that's old school Airborne nice. C130 and C141 Starlifters when I was at Bragg. I believe they started doing trials on the C5 jump capabilities as I got out. I have flown in them once huge.
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Dogzilla, did you forget the nose wheels?

The first time I saw a C5A was at NAS Miramar. It was on straight-in final and the Local controller was stuffing F4s and F14s in front of it. I couldn't believe he could get another fighter on the right runway ahead of the heavy but he just kept stuffing them in there.

I realized it was an optical illusion when that bus looked like it stopped on final...and just kept getting bigger. The eye is deceived especially when the eye is calibrated to fighter jets. No wonder Local could get a few more in there, that airplane was still nearly five miles away.

The C5A was flying the middle stage of a Saturn rocket across the US. The huge center stage was brought by truck, taking up two lanes as it went. The C5 dropped its nose down as it broke open and swallowed the center stage like a python swallowing another python only a few centimeters smaller than it is. It looked like one was built for the other.

I didn't get certified at NZY until '78 but it would have been a thrill to see a C5 cruising down the Strand past Dick Van Dyke's house and seal beach (team #1).
Crabby. You were just a few miles north of me. Miramar isn't to far away.
I was up there with a convoy, downloading weapons they flew in from the carriers. back in about 73. They couldn't pull the carriers in the bay with all those bang sticks on board. So we had to load em on the convoy and truck em around town, and up the strand to NAS NORIS. Didn't make a lot of sense to me. When were you there? Seems like we mighta had this conversation before?
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I had the Air Force Col. Charles Henninger as my instructor. He was the Test pilot for the C-5 He said he did loops in it As well as having a refugee in Nam
set off a bomb inside while in flight that set the magnesium beams on fire.
He made a forced landing in a rice paddy were the nose cone popped up and the cargo bay filled with mud that snuffed out the fire. He also was the Air Force one pilot that flew President Kennedy into Dallas and President Johnson back to Wash. DC If you listen to the Control tower tape you can here him tell the tower they were waiting for the G.D. civilians to get off my plane before they would depart.
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That C-17 is very impressive too. I did not know they could use the thrusters to actually back up too!!! Kind of looked like a arresting cable on the deck of a carrier. I live a few miles from McChord AFB and am in the flight path when they are making touch and go so I get to see them fly over the house at a low altitude. The sound of freedom
More capacity, functionality and much quieter than their predecessor. the C-141 Starlifter. Not under the race track flight path but pretty regularly have them go over heading west. Did my last 12 years of Federal service at McChord AFB now JBLM.
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Coming home from combat in Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989 I rode in a sleek C-141 . It had an incredible climb rate. When we got off in Texas we kissed the tarmac.

Soon after returning home to my young pregnant wife at Ft. Ord we got to got on leave to Hawaii. We paid $15 each to get a meal and were treated to an incredible ride on a C-5. Windowless. Huge. Our seats faced backwards.

I grew up flying commercial jets to include 747 Jumbo jets.... the C-5 Galaxy is a full measure more massive.

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Damn! Got a bunch of old vets here.
Musta ran into a few of ya at one time or other.
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A long, long time ago, I was stationed at Travis AFB. We had 2 of the first 5 delivered. They had the problem of not being able to rise up after kneeling. So they stoped that for awhile. First time I saw one take off, looked like a hanger starting to fly. I did not work on them, but biggest problem with the airplane was the problem detection system. MADAR or something like that. Found problems that were not problems. I fixed radars on transports, but never did see a unit from the Galaxy.

Yea I was at Travis 1972 to 1976. Aircraft Maintenance Officer on the C-5's. What a maintenance pig. Endless manhours on the ground to get one up in the air.

We called them by the tail number, 69-0009 (Balls 9 for short) was the Lead The Fleet bird, to gain more hours than the others in the air in an attempt to pinpoint both design and reliability problems. 37 of the darn things stationed at Travis.


I worked 12 hour shifts, 3 days on and 3 days off. Constant on the go and adrenalin flow, the height of the Viet Nam Joke, most of the air cargo went trough Travis.


Google up Proximier's Golden Fleece Award, the C-5 was the undisputed winner.


I have lots of C-5 stories.
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Crabby. You were just a few miles north of me. Miramar isn't to far away.
I was up there with a convoy, downloading weapons they flew in from the carriers. back in about 73. They couldn't pull the carriers in the bay with all those bang sticks on board. So we had to load em on the convoy and truck em around town, and up the strand to NAS NORIS. Didn't make a lot of sense to me. When were you there? Seems like we mighta had this conversation before?
I was at Miramar '72-'76, then USS Tarawa, tied up at NZY with the Connie a lot of '77 then we were in the dry docks in Long Beach and the ATCs went to NZY for cross training. I didn't care for the pace at NZY so I went TAD back to NKX. nearly until i to0ok my training on teh road in '78.

I was at NZY when an A4 ran off the end into the bay. One of the controllers I knew was in the tower at the time. The crew was playing hearts in the middle of the cab with a chart drawer pulled out and placed atop a trash can. The A4 was coming back from a bird farm on bingo, the only aircraft they had in the sky.

Local cleared the A4 to land and watched him touchdown then they all went back to the hand. A moment or two later Local said to Ground, "did that A4 call you?" "No." Ground reached over to the regular phone and dialed the crash crew that was working close to the end of the runway and asked if they had seen an A4 go by. They hadn't and decided to go take a look. As they headed up the taxiway they met the A4 driver carrying his chute.

Seems he lost it one way or another, couldn't get it stopped and hit the silk rather than ride the A4 into the bay. Pure luck that he even got a ride....
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That C-17 is very impressive too. I did not know they could use the thrusters to actually back up too!!! Kind of looked like a arresting cable on the deck of a carrier. I live a few miles from McChord AFB and am in the flight path when they are making touch and go so I get to see them fly over the house at a low altitude. The sound of freedom
LOL. My thoughts on the carrier arresting cables too.
But then, I started thinking those sucka's musta been stretched to the max and ready to pop.
Great video.
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I was at Miramar '72-'76, then USS Tarawa, tied up at NZY with the Connie a lot of '77 then we were in the dry docks in Long Beach and the ATCs went to NZY for cross training. I didn't care for the pace at NZY so I went TAD back to NKX. nearly until i to0ok my training on teh road in '78.

I was at NZY when an A4 ran off the end into the bay. One of the controllers I knew was in the tower at the time. The crew was playing hearts in the middle of the cab with a chart drawer pulled out and placed atop a trash can. The A4 was coming back from a bird farm on bingo, the only aircraft they had in the sky.

Local cleared the A4 to land and watched him touchdown then they all went back to the hand. A moment or two later Local said to Ground, "did that A4 call you?" "No." Ground reached over to the regular phone and dialed the crash crew that was working close to the end of the runway and asked if they had seen an A4 go by. They hadn't and decided to go take a look. As they headed up the taxiway they met the A4 driver carrying his chute.

Seems he lost it one way or another, couldn't get it stopped and hit the silk rather than ride the A4 into the bay. Pure luck that he even got a ride....
I wasn't an airdale. So don't know from a to z.
But being as my torpedo shop was right next to the strip at NORIS, I got to watch pretty much everything that went in and out every working day.
Did see one fighter jet, (don't member the make or model), abort his takeoff,
and didn't get stopped in time. Dropped his nose onto the beach near the mouth of the bay. The whole shop crew was out there watching, when we heard the sirens going.
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Now I have jumped out of a C-17, or I should say I have been sucked out of a C-17.
C-17 were regular to get sucked out of....... It is amazing that they can keep the C-5 in the air slow enough to jump out of, I had the opportunity twice and it is actually a much more peaceful jump than the C-17 or a 141. You walk out that platform and are several feet from the fusalage before you take the big step

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Have an old family friend who flew the C-5's. She was in the first class of women at the AF academy, one of the first women to qualify as an F-16 driver. Since no women had combat roles at the time, she shifted to heavy's. Has a great story of her US government credit card not being accepted somewhere in Africa, and she filled it up on her American Express! Said her first stop when she got back was the finance folks. She then spent a few years flying big wigs out of DC in Lear's, never flew AF 1. Last I heard she's driving for Delta, probably close to retirement if she hasn't already.


My dad flew C-124s out of Hickam in the early to mid 50's. That's an airplane that doesn't look like it can fly. Never saw one airborne, but there's a static at Hill AFB north of SLC, worth a stop if you're ever in the area. He also flew the B-26, C-47 and C-54.
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Yea I was at Travis 1972 to 1976. Aircraft Maintenance Officer on the C-5's. What a maintenance pig. Endless manhours on the ground to get one up in the air.



Google up Proximier's Golden Fleece Award, the C-5 was the undisputed winner.


I have lots of C-5 stories.
I was out in 1971. Was a reservist. Draft notice went to old address Christmas of 1964. Figured Air Force was a better option. While in tech school at Keesler the Army was offering warrant officer slots to drive choppers. Would have liked to fly the chopper, but figured was not a good time in history.
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Hats off to Lockheed Martin, just had to check out the history, they made and still make some awesome aircraft..............and keeping America strong.
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I used to launch my waverunner from the Hickam afb boat ramp and run out to the reef runway and watch the big old C5 takeoff. Amazing to watch.
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:16 PM   #39
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