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How much can you lift? The Mighty C-5M Super Galaxy

The C-5 Galaxy has been around a long time now. But that’s no reason not to celebrate it’s insane airlift capabilities! They’re just as amazing and relevant today as they were during the ramp-up of the Cold War. Below we’ll take a look at some of the amazing specs, crazy photos, and some great first-hand accounts of flying the largest plane in the US Air Force.

C-5M super Galaxy lifts off at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017. Aircrews fly the new M-model around the world supporting Department of Defense missions with improved capabilities such as fuel efficiency, reduced noise and greater payloads. The Travis AFB mission provides Rapid Global Mobility quickly and decisively in response to unexpected challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)
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C-5 Unloading a Black Hawk

U.S. Service members unload a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft at Bagram Airfield, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 2, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Henry Chan/Released)

U.S. Service members unload a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft at Bagram Airfield, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 2, 2013.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Henry Chan/Released)

U.S. Service members unload a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft at Bagram Airfield, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 2, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Henry Chan/Released)

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Refueling The Mighty C-5 Galaxy (4 Photos)

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware flies toward a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware flies toward a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

 

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware flies to the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware flies to the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

 

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

 

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

A C-5 Galaxy with Dover Air Force Base, Delaware is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio July 27, 2018. The C-5 connected with two Stratotankers with the 121st ARW on this exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A Emery)

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C-5 Super Galaxy Airline

Airmen from the 60th Air Mobility Wing, exit a C-5 Super Galaxy aircraft during a simulated event, Feb. 2, 2018, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The Airmen participated in a week-long base-wide readiness exercise, which evaluated the base’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Heide Couch)

Airmen from the 60th Air Mobility Wing, exit a C-5 Super Galaxy aircraft during a simulated event, Feb. 2, 2018, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The Airmen participated in a week-long base-wide readiness exercise, which evaluated the base’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Heide Couch)

Airmen from the 60th Air Mobility Wing, exit a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft during a simulated event, Feb. 2, 2018, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The Airmen participated in a week-long base-wide readiness exercise, which evaluated the base’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Heide Couch)

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A Crew Chief & His Plane

A crew chief performs a pre-flight check on a C5-M Super Galaxy at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., as part of a week-long readiness exercise, Feb. 1, 2018. The exercise evaluated the Airmen’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno/Released)

A crew chief performs a pre-flight check on a C5-M Super Galaxy at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., as part of a week-long readiness exercise, Feb. 1, 2018. The exercise evaluated the Airmen’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno/Released)

A crew chief performs a pre-flight check on a C-5M Super Galaxy at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., as part of a week-long readiness exercise, Feb. 1, 2018. The exercise evaluated the Airmen’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno/Released)

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Mighty C-5 Landing

A C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., prepares to land at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., as part of a week-long readiness exercise, Feb. 1, 2018. The exercise evaluated the Airmen’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno/Released)

A C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., prepares to land at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., as part of a week-long readiness exercise, Feb. 1, 2018. The exercise evaluated the Airmen’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno/Released)

A C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., prepares to land at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., as part of a week-long readiness exercise, Feb. 1, 2018. The exercise evaluated the Airmen’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno/Released)