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First off, this is a c5:


It's so ginormous it doesn't look like it should physically be able to fly. The top of the tail has to be at least 100 feet high. Anyway, I got to see one take off up close workin on the flightline thursday. It's the loudest thing I've ever heard, and since I was pretty close to the runway, I could feel the force from the engines. It was one of the more amazing things I've ever seen. Just thought I'd share.
 

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transport of military equipment. When I saw it take off it was taking a few of our huge ass CH-53 helicopters to get overhauled. The nose fold up for front loading too.
 

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i bet that was an awesome exp i have been on board of a C130
when i was in the AIRBORNE that was 20 years ago wow memories
 

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i grew up next to Langley AFB in hampton, va and had those fly over many many times. sounds like a damn buzzsaw! one of the coolest things i ever saw living there was the first Stealth fighter to land at the base. my mom and i were with maybe 20 other people that got to see them tow the thing into a hangar, surrounded by guys with big guns. they had the cockpit and engine exhausts all covered up. won't ever forget that one.
 

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im sure they are annoying when you gotta see them take off every day. I hate F18's since I have to listen to their **** every 10 minutes.
 

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Cool pic, it's amazing how the engineers figure out how to make that sucker lift off the ground. Have you ever been to a top fuel dragster race? Those are the loudest most powerful things I have ever heard and I'm sure this jet makes them sound like a toy. I did see a Harrier at an air show too and that things was pretty damn loud as well.
 

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and the top of the tail is actually 65.1 feet. the nose does open to load from the front or to unload. the whole plane actually lowers when they do it like that. its called kneeling. the landing gear has a jack screw that rotates and the plane goes down. heres a couple of pics of it.



 

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wow that is a sweeeeeeeeeeet picture
 

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awesome pix mikes
 

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i got to see a Stealth fighter buzz overhead at like 1000 feet. was the most amazing thin i had ever seen.. looks huge and amazing and just an incredible looking machine... they are quiet as well compared to other aircraft...

best way to describe a stealth when you see one is they are like a ufo.. they dont look manmade at all...
 

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some more interesting facts of the C-5. each engine (4 total) is rated at 43,000 pounds of thrust. max cargo load is 270,000 lbs. max take off weight (cargo+airframe+fuel+crew and passengers) is 769,000 lbs (in peace time) 840,000 lbs (in time of war). speed is 518 mph and has a crew of 7.
 

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i thoughtit had a crew of 6.... pilot, copilot, crew chief, AO, and 2 loadmasters?
 

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Welcome to my world. I'm a fuels specialist at Travis AFB, meaning we store, transport and account for the jet fuel on the base. Being that C-5's usually take between 100,000-200,000 pounds per refuel, I'm around them for the better part of my day. When I first got here I was really excited because I had never seen anything so huge, now I can't stand them. They're noisy and we're always defueling them for maintenance, meaning they're always breaking.
 

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cool stuff. i have been on a C-5 - f'n huge inside!!! it's nuts to thing what we can put into and airplane and still get it in the air! i have also had my fair share on C-130s and C-17s.

great topic here...
 

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yea well once i was in a cessna airplane...it seated 5!!!!!

they are some big mofo'ing hunks of metal there...amazing stuff
 
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