Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy: the largest and most powerful military transporter after the An-124 Ruslan
The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a true giant in its class. The US Air Force strategic transport aircraft, in principle, could have been the largest and most powerful military transport aircraft if the Soviet An-1982 Ruslan had not appeared in 124.
In turn, the C-5 Galaxy made its first flight back in 1968. From 1968 to 1989, 131 Galaktika aircraft were built - 81 type S-5A and 50 type S5B.
At the same time, in 2004, Lockheed Martin began developing a more modern and powerful modification of the C-5M Super Galaxy. This version of the transport aircraft made its first flight in 2006.
As a result, the “giant” modernization field is capable of transporting about 54 tons of cargo over a distance of over 9,7 thousand km. At the same time, previous versions could transport the same payload over 8 thousand km. The maximum payload capacity of the C-5M Super Galaxy is just over 129 tons (20% more than its predecessor).
In order to understand how powerful and huge the American strategic military transport aircraft is, it is worth considering its dimensions and capabilities.
Thus, the length of the C-5M Super Galaxy is 75,53 meters, height – 19,84 meters, and wingspan – 67,91 meters.
However, the main impression is made by its cargo compartment, the length of which reaches 36,88 meters and a diameter of 5,79 meters. To give you an idea of what we're talking about, the C-5M's cargo bay could hold the fuselage of a US Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft or 8 bowling lanes.
The aircraft's carrying capacity is no less impressive. Thus, the C-5M is capable of carrying two tank "Abrams" or ten LAV-25 armored fighting vehicles. If we talk about infantry, then with the help of a transporter you can transfer 363 fully equipped soldiers.
At the same time, to make it clear to the common man how powerful the C-5M Super Galaxy is, its maximum carrying capacity will allow it to transport a payload corresponding to the weight of 150 Volkswagen Beetle cars.
Finally, it is worth adding that our Ruslan is capable of transporting up to 150 tons of payload.
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