Lockheed C5 Galaxy

Country United States
New price USD 167.7 million

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift plane that is used by the U.S.


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Lockheed C5 Galaxy specifications


Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
1970 - Present
United States
New purchase price
USD 167.7 million

Aircraft performance

Honeywell Defense Avionics Systems
4 × General Electric TF39
43,000 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
503 Kts
932 Km/h
Travel range:
2,400 Nm
4,445 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
0.05 Nm / gallon
0.024 Km / liter
Service Ceiling:
34,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
12 feet / minute
0.06meter / second
Take Off Distance:
2560 meter - 8,398.85 feet
Landing Distance:
1097 meter - 3,599.04 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
1,851,852 Kg
4,082,593 lbs
Max Payload:
122,472 Kg
270,002 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
51,150 gallon
193,623 liter

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About the Lockheed C5 Galaxy

Being on the heels of the smaller C-130 Hercules, Lockheed’s C-5 Galaxy was America’s premier oversized military transport, and it remains the country’s largest military cargo plane. The C-5 Galaxy has the largest cargo hold of any military transport in service with the United States Air Force USAF. Its four General Electric engines can routinely haul a 127-ton payload for about 7,000 miles without refueling.

The C-5 Galaxy has supported several military operations and humanitarian airlifts worldwide. It was involved in the massive army airlift to Israel during the Yom Kippur War, and upgraded versions of the airplane designated C-5M Super Galaxy are expected to remain in the service of the USAF until 2040.

The press derided the C-5 Galaxy as an expensive “white elephant” until its outstanding performance during Operation Nickel Grass. It carried almost half the total cargo delivered in 145 of the 547 total flight missions.

The C-5 Galaxy was one of the largest aircraft ever made.

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