The U.S. Air Force took delivery of its first production C-5M
Super Galaxy Thursday during a ceremony at Lockheed Martin's
Marietta, GA facility. The event was attended by officials from Air
Mobility Command, Air Force Material Command and Dover Air Force
This is also the first C-5M to sport the new Super Galaxy tail
flash and nose art.
"This delivery marks the next chapter in making sure the
warfighter is provided with an unprecedented capability and
reliability," said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin C-5 program
The C-5M program calls for Lockheed Martin to modernize a total
of 52 C-5s: 49 B-, two C- and one A-model aircraft through the
Reliability Enhancement and Re-Engining Program (RERP). The program
incorporates more than 70 changes and upgrades, including newer,
quieter General Electric engines making the C-5M more reliable and
10 percent more fuel efficient than legacy C-5s. The Super Galaxy
is the only U.S. strategic airlifter capable of flying unrefueled
directly from the U.S. to any area of operations.
Lockheed Martin and the Air Force say the C-5M's demonstrated
improvements in performance and efficiency validate the value to
the taxpayer of modernizing proven and viable aircraft. The C-5 can
carry twice the cargo of other strategic airlift systems and is the
only strategic airlifter capable of carrying 100 percent of
certified air-transportable cargo.