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C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing  
User currently offlineJabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 423 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport made a successful emergency landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Wednesday. The C-5, which is one of the largest aircraft in the world, was unable to extend its nose landing gear. The crew brought it down on Rogers Dry Lake, a lake bed on the base. No injuries were sustained by the eight crew members and nine passengers aboard. One Air Force official called it a "picture-perfect landing." The C-5 is based at Travis Air Force Base in California. A board will be formed to determine the cause of the malfunction.

CNN also showed the clip of the emergency landing Thursday morning.


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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

Wow. Nice job of the pilots I think. It must be difficult to perform such an emergency landing with 'the mother of all heavies'.


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User currently offlineWolfpacker From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

I saw a clip of this on CNN, talk about wild. He was on main wheels for over a minute before front of aircraft touched the ground.

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

I remember a few years ago a B-1B bomber had the same problem with it's nose gear and made the same type of emergency landing at Edwards AFB CA.

User currently offlineMonocleman From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Do you know where one can find the video? I don't know where I can find it in the CNN archives. Thanks in advance

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Let's see..a 25 mile long runway of soft sand and no one got injured? I'd be surprised if they had!

Has there ever been a nose gear up landing that actually resulted in anything other than a few exit related injuries?

User currently offlineJabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

A 25 mile runway? Edwards has a "Dry Lake Bed" which is quite hard but is not soft sand. I believe the runway is alot shorter than 25 miles.


User currently offlineOakmad From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

Heres the link to the story with pics


User currently offlineTurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

I saw the clip of the landing on the 6:00 A.M. news. The crew did perform a superb landing. I have to say that the C-5 looked very impressive rolling on all of its back wheels for those seconds until the nose hit the sand  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 1838 times:


He did his job and landed the way he was trained. Plus its hard to go wrong on a huge lake bed.

User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

This is not a first for the C-5. I remember seeing a video of one landing with the nose gear up.

No wait, it may have been a book. I think it was a video though.

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