Newest Variant Of Workhorse Airlifter
The first production C-5M Super Galaxy arrived for duty at Dover
AFB early Monday, marking an historic day for the U.S. Air Force
and strategic airlift.
C-5M Arrives At Dover USAF Photo
Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr., commander of Air Mobility Command,
flew the Super Galaxy from Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.,
to its operational home at Dover AFB Nov. 6. "The creativity and
hard work demonstrated here have set conditions for success of next
generation of Mobility Airmen," said General Johns during a
ceremony held at Stewart marking the occasion.
The first production C-5M arrived at Stewart October 4 and
underwent the final stages of its modernization. The 105th Airlift
Wing worked around the clock transforming the C-5M interior and
giving the aircraft a new look in just 26 calendar days. Not only
did the 105th AW recondition and refurbish the first production
C-5M, they also redefined how active duty, Reserves, Air Guard and
industry partners go about solving Air Force-wide, large-scale
complex problems with the end result of a more effective
warfighting machine at a significant cost savings.
C-5M Super Galaxy File Photo
The Total Force team developed and delivered an unprecedented
standardized interior that will be applied to the entire C-5M
fleet. "While the C-5 has been supporting the warfighter for
decades, you've made it even more capable," General Johns told team
The C-5 heavy-transport aircraft has been part of the Air Force
inventory for four decades. With the new Reliability Enhancement
and Re-engining Program, or RERP, the aircraft is forecast to be in
service another 40 years. RERP outfits the aircraft with new,
quieter, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines and 70 other
enhancements. RERP is the second part of a two-phase upgrade that
also includes the Avionics Modernization Program. AMP upgrades
1960s and 1970s technology to meet global commercial airspace
standards and ensure safe and unrestricted access to global air
The C-5 aircraft that undergo both the AMP and RERP upgrades are
designated C-5M, also known as the "Super Galaxy." AMC began an
aggressive program to modernize all remaining C-5Bs and C-5Cs and
many of the C-5As in its inventory. The C-5 modernization began in
1998 and the Air Force plans to upgrade 52 Galaxies to "super"
status by the end of 2016.
Super Galaxy Tail Flash
Compared to older C-5 Galaxies, the C-5M has greatly improved
reliability, efficiency, maintainability and availability, reducing
total ownership and operating costs of the heavy strategic lift
aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. The C-5M strategic airlifter, a
national asset, has re-set records for distance, time, speed, cargo
capacity, and improved reliability with reduced fuel consumption.
C-5 modernization ensures this critical national strategic airlift
resource will be available to the warfighter and combatant
commander's in today's fight and far into the future.