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C-5 Galaxy

Reliable, Maintainable and Affordable Strategic Airlift: A National Asset

As the Air Force’s largest and only strategic airlifter, the C-5 Galaxy can carry more cargo farther distances than any other aircraft. With a payload of six Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) or up to five helicopters, the C-5 can haul twice as much cargo as any other airlifter.

The C-5 entered operational service in 1970 and has been a vital asset in every military operation since that time including Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. It has also been essential in humanitarian relief efforts including hurricane Katrina, tsunami and earthquake relief. With a service life that stretches beyond 2040, the C-5 will remain a central figure in strategic airlift for decades to come. To meet that goal, the C-5 is undergoing a set of modifications that transform it into a C-5M Super Galaxy.

Strategic Airlift Redefined

Check out the record-breaking C-5M Super Galaxy

C-5M Super Galaxy First Flight

First Flight of the C-5M Galaxy - 19 June 2006

C-5 at the Paris Air Show

Lockheed Martin test pilot Steve Knoblock talks about the C-5's capabilities and the C-5M Super Galaxy's successes in theater.

Strategic Airlift Redefined

Check out the record-breaking C-5M Super Galaxy

Inside the C-5

Two M-1 Abrams tanks loaded into the cargo area of the C-5M Super Galaxy. US Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Chad Gibson

C-5 Galaxy

As the Air Force’s largest airlifter, the C-5 Galaxy can carry more cargo farther distances than any other aircraft

C-5 Galaxy

The C-5 can haul twice as much cargo as any other airlifter

C-5 Galaxy

The C-5M Super Galaxy will have a 58 percent greater climb rate to an initial cruise altitude that is 38 percent higher than the current C-5

C-5 Galaxy

the C-5 will remain a central figure in strategic airlift for decades to come

C-5 Galaxy

C-5 Galaxy over the wing

Inside the C-5

Two M-1 Abrams tanks loaded into the cargo area of the C-5M Super Galaxy. US Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Chad Gibson

World Records


The C-5M Super Galaxy has 43 world records in airlift, including the National Aeronautic Association's Most Memorable Aviation Record of 2009 - greatest payload.