The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft and provides the United States Air Force with strategic airlift capability. Development started in the nineteen sixties and the first aircraft was ready in 1968. There were numerous development problems, but nevertheless the USAF got its first aircraft in 1969. The C-5 can carry larges cargos, including all air-certifiable cargo. It has been used to support US military operations in all major conflicts including Vietnam and also disaster relief missions. During its service life, several updates were done, like fitting new wings and system updates. The C-5 fleet remains important for the USAF and it is expected that its service life is beyond 2040.
C-5 Galaxy USAF
This aircraft is used by the US Air Force as a large strategic transport and due to its size its name Galaxy is logical. It was photographed at Nellis AFB, Nevada, USA.
Photographed November 2008 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
C-5M (L-500) "Super Galaxy"
This is a modernized C-5M (L-500) "Super Galaxy" Bur.no 86-0022 / 500-0108 of the 60th Air Mobility Wing (60th AMW) based at Travis AFB. It was seen during an Open Day at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
Photographed November 2016 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
OFFICIAL USAF COLOUR INFORMATION C-5
from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur.
In 1/72 scale there was only a very basic vacuform kit. In 1/144 a Revell kit and later on a resin Anigrand kit was issued. In odd scales like 1/400 and 1/480 also some other Galaxy kits were issued.
This walk around page was first created November 2011 by M. de Vreeze