U.S. Air Force retires its final C-5A Galaxy airlifter

U.S. Air Force (USAF) has retired its final Lockheed C-5A Galaxy strategic military transport aircraft from the service.

The airlifter numbered 70-0461, departed Westover Air Reserve Base to the boneyard in Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where it is set to retire, on September 7.

The aircraft’s original destination was supposed to be the Air Force museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. But the museum was unable to support the aircraft, so it was rerouted to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB. The boneyard is a portion of Davis-Monthan AFB that is dedicated to the storage of former operational Air Force aircraft.

About Lockheed C-5 Galaxy:

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft originally designed and built by Lockheed, and now maintained and upgraded by its successor, Lockheed Martin. It is among the largest military aircraft in the world.

It provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability, one that can carry outsize and oversize loads, including all air-certifiable cargo.

The Galaxy has many similarities to its smaller Lockheed C-141 Starlifter predecessor and the later Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.

The C-5 is a large high-wing cargo aircraft with a distinctive high T-tail fin (vertical) stabilizer and with four TF39 turbofan engines mounted on pylons beneath wings that are swept25 degrees.

The C-5M Super Galaxy is an upgraded version with new engines and modernized avionics designed to extend its service life beyond 2040.

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