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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by HKMark23, Apr 11, 2007.
No high speed passes, no aerobatics, no crashes, just video of a big bird while waiting for gas....
What is it? Perhaps it's my computer, however the image quality is very poor and out of focus.
Did you watch the whole video?
Hmmm...I see no video, just a still picture. I'll do a bit of checking to see why it doesn't play...
Edit: Must have been the computer since now I can see the whole video on this computer.
And my contribution to this thread taken a couple of weeks ago at the MacDill AFB Airfest.
I love that C-5 video. Where was that filmed at? What AFB or airport was that?
That is a really neat video. Awesome plane.
I wonder 'what's the fuel cost of a C-5 touch & go' ?.... Probably
my yearly budget for a Cherokee....
"I wonder 'what's the fuel cost of a C-5 touch & go' ?.... Probably
my yearly budget for a Cherokee.... "
Actually, probibly the COST of a Chrokee.
Probably the same as for a 747. They both use the same engines (GE CF6 Turbofans) and weigh about the same.
That said, it's probably a pretty penny...
I love how those things sound.
Looks like it was a practice LAPES, a very big one. I saw one in a flyover at Pocono Racetrack and it seemed to fill the whole sky as it went over. Awesome.
The C-5 never did LAPES.
To my knowledge, LAPES is also a thing of the past.
The C-5 was at Altus AFB, OK. That used to be the training base for them. They just moved down to San Antonio. Having time in the airplane, I can tell you it's probably the worst airplane I've ever flown. The reliablity rate of the A model is around 38%. That's why there is a push to get rid of all of the A models. The only thing the C-5 excels at is the crew rest area. The rest of the airplane you can have.
The C-5's current engines are not CF6's. They are GE's, but not CF6's. The Air Force is currently testing the CF6's on the C-5 as part of their modernization program for it. If the tests are successful, and they actually reengine the fleet, it won't be quite as bad. The airplane right now is severly underpowered. The new engines will give it the performance it so badly needs.
The Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES) is not currently in use by the US Air Force (USAF) or the US Army. LAPES is one of the three methods used for Aerial Delivery. With LAPES, up to 38,000 pounds (17,000kg) of cargo is pulled from the aircraft by large cargo parachutes while the aircraft is five to 10 feet (3m) above the ground. The load then slides to a stop within a very short distance.
IIRC, the C-5 uses the GE TF-39 high-bypass turbofan. According to their website, this is the military version of the original CF6 turbofan. The newer CF6s are more powerful and more efficient, and I believe that's what they're being upgraded to. Kinda like how they upgraded the KC-135 fleet to the new CFM56 engines from the old turbojets and low-bypass turbofans. The new KC-135Rs are quieter, faster and more fuel efficient than they were when they had their original engines. They may even do something similar with the B-52s.
i've got over 800 hrs in the left and right seat of the c-5. there's a reason it's nickname is FRED. that being said, it has it's niche in military airlift. when i was flying them in the mid 90's and early 00's the A model had a reliability rate in the 60's. the B model a little better. they're now getting a glass cockpit upgrade and hopefully an engine upgrade. in my experience it's big problem was the leaky hydraulics. the only place the engines were a problem was in the desert at max weight.
Maybe it has changed but it used to be that if you saw 2 C-5's at an air base, one on jacks and one not; it meant that the base was out of jacks.
That was in southern NM last year. We were waiting for the fuel truck to show while they were doing some pattern work, so we walked out so I could take some shots, my sweets took out her cell phone and shot the vid. And I too love the sound of those fans spooling up, the vid audio never does justice to the real thing.