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First production C-5M Super Galaxy flies

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 23, 2010
The first production C-5M made its first flight on September 19. (Lockheed Martin)

The first production C-5M Super Galaxy to be modified on Lockheed Martin’s production line at Marietta, Georgia, made its first flight on September 19.

Wearing a distinctive new tail flash denoting it as a Super Galaxy – which will be added to all C-5Ms, the aircraft is planned for re-delivery to the USAF at Dover AFB in Delaware on September 30 where it will join the three preproduction C-5Ms already in service.

The C-5M upgrade comprises new glass avionics and international airspace compliant systems, more reliable hydraulic systems, enhanced cargo bay lighting, and the replacement of the original GE TF39 engines with more efficient and powerful GE CF6s.

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