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The C-5M Super Galaxy will dominate the American giants on NATO Days

21.08.2019, 15:53

This year, the United States will offer an exclusive showcase of its large airplanes to visitors to NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days. The USA is sending three giants to the Mošnov airport, the traditional strategic B-52 Stratofortress bomber, the KC-135 Stratotanker, but both will be overshadowed by the C-5M Super Galaxy, which is going to have its Czech premiere.

Even this year, visitors will not be left without one of the largest aircraft in the world. While the popular strategic bomber B-52 and the KC-135 refueling aircraft are among the traditional participants, the C-5 transport aircraft returns to NATO Days after a long decade, besides, its Super Galaxy version will be coming to the Czech Republic for the very first time.

"Ten years ago, the American C-5 Galaxy began the era of large airplanes at NATO Days and has paved the way for the B-52, which showed up the year after, since then the B-52 became some kind of symbol of our event," says Zbyněk Pavlačík, chairman of Jagello 2000. "Therefore, we can offer to visitors not only an attractive flight display program but also unique airplanes on the static demonstration."

The C-5M Super Galaxy is the latest version of the largest US transport aircraft. It provides the United States Air Force with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability. With a span of nearly 70 meters, it can hold up to 130,000 kg of cargo, or six AH-64 Apache combat helicopters or 345 soldiers, and transport them over a distance of over 9,000 kilometers.

So even the "giant" strategic bomber B-52 Stratofortress, which is five meters lower, 25 meters shorter and has a wingspan of 12 meters smaller, will remain in its shadow. Although both machines took off for the first time more than 50 years ago, their excellent design, reliability and modernization programs allow them to be in service at least until 2040.

This pair will be complemented by the KC-135 Stratotanker, which serves as refueling and transport aircraft since 1957 and is also one of the longest-serving aircraft in the US Air Force, but is currently being replaced by the newer KC-46A Pegasus. The KC-135 is also used by France and Turkey.

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