One For The Record Books

Photo by Heide Couch

A joint active duty US Air Force/Air Force Reserve Command crew, flying a C-5M Super Galaxy, set forty-five new world aeronautical records on a single flight from Travis AFB, California, on 3 April 2015. Once certified, the new records will give the C-5M a total of eighty-eight world records, which breaks the mark of eight-four records set by Air Force crews flying a B-1B Lancer bomber in the early 1980s. This record flight established records in categories where there had been no previous record attempt. The records were set in the Class C-1.T, Jet category for altitude in horizontal flight; altitude with payload; time to climb and, separately, time to climb with payload; and greatest payload to 2,000 meters.

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