Submir scottharvell (+100 Points)
Welcome back to another Cleavage Classroom.
This week, we’ve got some big’uns to go with the Learning process.
They go perfectly with this whale of an airplane…
“What’s that plane that opens-up in FRONT to let cargo in?”.
You’re about to learn the answer.
Submier Fishstiks069 (+100 Points)
Let’s go Large-n-Wide today…time for some fun facts.
With a wingspan measuring in at 222-feet across…
Sur scottharvell (+100 Points)
…and almost 300-feet long…
…along with a height of 65-feet at its tail…
…now we’re talkin’…
…Lockheed Martin’s C-5 Galaxy is the largest transport aircraft in the US Air Force.
These are some facts (mixed with a few hypothetical scenarios) about this monster workhorse…
When the Wright brothers made their first historic flight, it equated to a distance that is shorter than the C-5’s cargo floor.
SubE user Mustang630 (+100 Points)
With size, comes COMPLEXITY…
From an electrical engineering stand-point, you’d have to do some learning because it contains 5-miles of control cables.
It has a cargo hull measuring at 121-feet long and 19-feet across.
Submitted by iCHIVE user svt95cobraguy (+100 Points)
The C-5 is a flying warehouse that can carry a combat-ready military unit or deliver necessary supplies anywhere in the world.
The mighty C-5 has an interesting nickname.
It’s simply, is “F.R.E.D.”.
What’s that stand for?
F.R.E.D stands for:
“F-cking Ridiculous Economic Disaster”
(F-18 Hornet loading picture above is a Chiver submit from a C-5 pilot…he also explained,
“WHY the nickname?”)
As in, if a C-5 happens to crash, it’s so big that it would cause a F.R.E.D.
Submitted by iCHIVE user Spartan1988 (+100 Points) “F-cking Ridiculous Economic Disaster”
Safety-Bags to that.
Night and day, the C-5 has done heavy hauling since 1968.
Suer girlsofquebec (+100 Points)
What’s the math on that???
Submitted by iCHIVE user girlsofquebec (+100 Points) …”like, 50-ish?”
That’s right, she’s been flying for over a half-of-a-freaking Century.
Submitted by iCHIVE user ChivetteRosa (+100 Points)
The engine’s intake alone is more than 7 feet across.
here are a few examples of the cargo that the Galaxies have carried around the world.
If you get a head-ache, there’s space for 328,301,674 aspirin tablets.
If you could hypothetically go bowling in a C-5, that wouldn’t be a problem because it could pack in a total of 8 bowling alley lanes.
It has a fuel capacity of 49 thousand gallons which equates to getting filled up by 6.5 railroad tanker cars.
One, two…28-wheels is the answer.
Submitted by iCHIVE user MJ_Holland (+100 Points) But how much does each one of those tires weigh?
Each tire comes in at 4,214-lbs.
Keeping track of the fasteners through out the C-5 is a hassle.
(F-18 Hornet being secured)
-411,900 located on the wing
-64,900 in the empennage (rear tail surface of the aircraft)
-1,182,000 in the fuselage (main body of the C-5)
Submitted by iCHIVE user scottharvell (+100 Points) In total, that’s 1,658,800 fasteners.
Unloading an A-10 Thunderbolt II.
a.k.a. the “Warthog”
Or as some call her
“30MikeMike” for the 30mm rounds that Brrrrrttt’s the bad-guys
The C-5 has a cargo capacity of 142 tons as in 284,000-lbs. What does that equal in terms of packing in civilian transportation?
-100 Beetle VWs
-6 Greyhound buses
Some one did the math on this following need, she could haul around just shy of 26 million ping-pong balls.
Jealous China? Just kidding.
Submitted by iCHIVE user HMJ1974 (+100 Points)
If Christopher Columbus took his entire crew of 90 from all three ships to America, they could have easily fit in the Galaxy’s upper deck…and play a football game in the cargo compartment (minus kicking team).
Submitted by iCHIVE user svt95cobraguy (+100 Points)
M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer coming at ya.
Navy’s largest helicopter, CH-53 Super Stallion fits right in.
A C-5 Galaxy off-loads an 81-foot boat for the US Navy at Coronado Naval Base, California.
Submitted by iCHIVE user rodrikkvir (+100 Points)
If you need to get some big BOOMs on the battlefield from a good ol’ M1A1 Abrams tank, the Galaxy can bring in two at a time.
Unloading an AH-64 Apache.
Submitted by iCHIVE user Ford187 (+100 Points)
Bye, bye CH-47 Chinook.
You need plenty of rubber to land this big boy. As I mentioned earlier, it has a total of 28 wheels. 4-wheels up front with the other 24-wheels under the wings. The rear layout has 4 sets in a 2-wheels with 4-wheels behind pattern.
The front main landing gear can rotate 90-degrees while landed with the ability to up to 20-degrees during take-off/landing.
The C-5’s fuel stores a volume capacity the size of an average 5-bedroom house.
The newer C-5M “Super” Galaxies are currently getting new, more powerful engines and they’ll continues to up-date the digital components…she’ll be flying for years to come.
Beyond moving weapons, they’ve also delivered thousands of tons of aid to those in need. Just one example of delivering food would be the capability of bring in 3,934 bushels of wheat to those who don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Above is the AC-130 Hercules Spectre a.k.a. “Spooky” firing flares.
Below in the C-5 Galaxy deploying its flares.
Both are true workhorses and “yes”, I’m already planning on putting together a future C-130 post.
Just for comparison in size, (photo both above and below) the Lockheed C-130 Hercules is also huge. The C-130E/H/J versions are 97-ft. long with a wingspan of 132-ft and the ability to pack in 92 combat troops.
The combined weight of the Galaxy’s wings alone totals over 80,000-lbs. which is the equivalent of a C-130 Hercules (minus the weight of its engines).
If you’ve stopped reading,
Finish-UP with checking out the knockers…then circle back and give ‘er a 5-minute read.
Submitted by iCHIVE user D-Love33 (+100 Points)
F.R.E.D. has happened but the C-5 doesn’t give a sh*t…
…it just packed the wrecked Galaxy into another C-5.
In Afghanistan alone, over 266,000 pounds of cargo and armored vehicles have been loaded into a C-5 Galaxies.
Sur MJ_Holland (+100 Points)
But there’s one last important question…
How many cases of beer can it hold?
The weight of a 24 pack of 12-oz. bottles averages to around 38-lbs.
As such, you could pack in about 7,475 cases of yum-yum fun.
This big-a** plane brings America to the battlefield.
The Abram’s BOOOOM flies with F.R.E.D.
C-5 Galaxy, F-CK Yeah.
Hope ya’ll learned something today.
Until the next Cleavage Classroom; I be signing-off. -Rick
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