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Dover wing receives first Super Galaxy aircraft.

Reservists with the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, Del., spent about a year working hard getting ready to receive a new and improved version of the C-5 aircraft. All their preparations came to an end in February with the arrival of the wing's first C-5M Super Galaxy.


Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, personally delivered the aircraft to Dover Feb. 9. The base received its second C-5M four days later.

In addition to the C-5M training flyers and maintainers received at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant in Marietta, Ga., they prepared for the aircraft's arrival by writing and validating operating procedures, manuals and technical orders.

Fourteen aircrew members have completed C-5M Type One training since January 2008. The 512th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron began sending people to training in May 2008.

"We learn about the aircraft's upgraded systems and how they operate," said Lt. Col. Mike Semo, manager of the C-5M integration project and chief pilot.

Chief Master Sgt. Fred Eason, 512th AMXS maintenance superintendent, said after the maintainers who received the training in Marietta returned to Dover, they began training others in the squadron.

A C-5 undergoes two upgrades to become a C-5M Super Galaxy. The first phase is the Aircraft Modernization Program performed at Dover and Travis AFB, Calif. The aircraft receives a modernized glass cockpit and avionics upgrade, featuring a digital all-weather flight control system and autopilot, a new communications suite, flat-panel displays, and enhanced navigation and safety equipment.

The second upgrade is the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program performed at the Lockheed Martin plant. This program replaces the old engines with quieter and more powerful General Electric CF-6 engines. The aircraft also undergoes 55 system and equipment improvements to increase the C-5's reliability. Some of the modifications include improvements to the airframe structure, flight controls, and hydraulic, electrical and fuel systems.

The Air Force Reserve's 709th Airlift Squadron and regular Air Force's 9th AS at Dover AFB will spend the next six months familiarizing themselves with the C-5M, training on aerial refueling and tactics, and maintaining currency, Colonel Semo said.

In August, the C-5Ms are scheduled to begin operational testing and evaluation. All C-5s in the Air Force inventory are undergoing AMP modifications.

After the C-5M aircraft at Dover are tested and evaluated, 51 more C-5s are scheduled to undergo the RERP upgrade to complete their conversion to the C-5M Super Galaxy.

By Capt. Marnee A.C. Losurdo

(Captain Losurdo is chief of public affairs for the 512th AW at Dover AFB.)
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Title Annotation:Round the Reserve: A brief look at what's happening throughout Air Force Reserve Command
Author:Losurdo, Marnee A.C.
Publication:Citizen Airman
Date:Apr 1, 2009
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