Number Nine

Posted 29 September 2011
Photo by Todd R. McQueen

The ninth C-5 transport was inducted into the C-5M Super Galaxy modernization line at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, on 29 September 2011. The aircraft (Air Force serial number 87-0045) is based at Dover AFB, Delaware, and has the distinction of being the last C-5B produced for the US Air Force. Throughout its career, it has supported operations Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It has been used to deliver cargo to locations such as Afghanistan, Djibouti, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, and Turkey. The aircraft has accumulated nearly 18,000 flight hours and made more than 4,200 full-stop landings. Six Galaxys are now on the C-5M modification line.