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USAF C-5M Galaxy Breaks 45 Records in One Flight

C-5 M Super Galaxy tail number 5010 awaits on the ramp as the sun rises at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (Released - U.S. Air Force Photograph/Heide Couch)

According to a release on the official Air Mobility Command website, a C-5M Super Galaxy out of Travis AFB, California, unofficially broke forty five records in one flight, on April 3rd. The giant airlifter was crewed by members of the 22nd and 312th Airlift Squadrons belonging to the 60th and 349th Air Mobility Wings respectively. Loadmasters supervised an intake of 265,000 lbs of cargo, bringing the mass total of the aircraft, fuel and cargo to around 731,220 lbs. The aircraft and its crew laid claim to records in 45 previously unestablished categories, and held the new records in the Class C-1.T category for horizontal flight altitude, altitude with payload, time-to-climb, time-to-climb with payload and greatest payload to 9000 meters. The crew was able to take the Super Galaxy up to an altitude of around 37,000 feet. The National Aeronautic Association will officially certify the achievements of the crew and aircraft later this year. At the moment, the Super Galaxy has apparently unofficially claimed more records than the B-1B Lancer (86-83).

A C-5M Super Galaxy from the 22nd Airlift Squadron takes off from Travis AFB, California early April 3, 2015. The flight, which lasted approximately one hour, claimed 45 aeronautical records, positioning the U.S. military's largest airframe as the world's top aviation record holder with a total of 86 world records. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright)

A C-5M Super Galaxy from the 22nd Airlift Squadron takes off from Travis AFB, California early April 3, 2015. The flight, which lasted approximately one hour, claimed 45 aeronautical records, positioning the U.S. military’s largest airframe as the world’s top aviation record holder with a total of 86 world records. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright)

A huge thanks to AMC’s public affairs team for their assistance with the news release and clarification of information!

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About Ian D'Costa (260 Articles)
Ian is the editor-in-chief of the Tactical Air Network. His work has been featured and referenced in a number of publications, including The Toronto Star, Airsoc, Business Insider and The Aviationist. You can reach him at idcosta@tacairnet.com.

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