This is Monsterly Largest U.S Military Transport Aircraft In Modern History
The Lockheed Martin’s C-5M Super Galaxy is the workhorse of US strategic airlift capability. it is one of the largest aircraft, routinely operated by the US forces.
First operational C-5 Galaxy aircraft was delivered in 1969. A total of 131 C-5 series aircraft were delivered until 1989. About 125 of them are still operational. The C-5M is the latest upgraded version which is faster, has longer range and can carry more payload. United States ordered a total of 52 C-5M aircraft that are being converted from the older C-5 series airlifter.
The Super Galaxy has a cavernous interior with roll-on/roll-off capability. Cargo can be accessed at both ends of the aircraft. It has a maximum payload capacity of 130 t. It can carry two M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, or 7-10 8×8 armored vehicles (Stryker or LAV-25), or 16 HMMWVs.
These transport aircraft are operated by US Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard units. At least two aircraft are assigned to Air Forces Special Operations Command and fulfill a special forces role.
The Super Galaxy aircraft are planned to be operational until 2030.