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Lockheed Martin delivers 31st C-5M Super Galaxy to U.S. Air Force

By Ryan Maass
Lockheed Martin delivers 31st C-5M Super Galaxy to U.S. Air Force
Lockheed Martin says the C-5M Super Galaxy is capable of moving cargo faster and farther than any other airlifter. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

MARIETTA, Ga., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin delivered the 31st C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force on October 23, the company announced on Monday.

The Super Galaxy, a large military transport aircraft, was flown by the 22nd Airlift Squadron from the Travis Air Force Base to Stewart Air National Guard Base for internal paint restoration. The craft will be flown back to Travis once the paint restoration is completed, where it will then be the 13th aircraft of its kind assigned to the base near Fairfield between Sacramento and San Francisco.

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The Super Galaxy is the largest strategic airlifter the U.S. Air Force has in its arsenal, and Lockheed says it's capable of carrying cargo farther and faster than any other aircraft. The transport has a payload of six Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or up to five helicopters. The Super Galaxy's body is over 247 feet in length, with a wingspan of over 222 feet.

Lockheed Martin originally delivered the Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force in 1984. Approximately 20,930 flight hours have been recorded in the craft's career.

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