GolfOscarDelta From India, joined Feb 2008, 170 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2887 times:
So i was at work and heard an aircraft really low over downtown ATL. Ran out and just managed to see what seemed like an airliner at about 1500-2000 AGL flying North to South over the Georgia Tech campus. The people gathered outside said it had USAF markings on it. So i'm guessing its probably a C5 out of MGE. However i'm not sure it was a C5. Anyone have any ideas what that was and what it was doing so low?
Quoting Avconsultant (Reply 3): The C-5's fill up the sky, he could have been higher just appeared lower
CF6 indeed. At first i heard the noise and wondered why a 747 was flying so low and then looked out of my window to see the shadow of the airplane cross the parking lot and the shadow of the engine itself was as big as 3-4 SUV's.
So i ran out of the building to see a 4 holer not too far away at about 1500-2000 ft, (my friend who holds a CPL and myself a PPL both agree on the ~2000ft height). Tried to see if it was a T tail or not but couldn't make out anything against the glare of the sun. And then the people standing outside told me it had USAF markings, so i pretty much concluded it must be a C5M out of KMGE (wanted to confirm that though) but what i don't understand was what it was doing so low. It pretty much scared the s██t out of a whole bunch of folks in downtown ATL.
757luver From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2302 times:
Quoting c5load (Reply 2): Did it sound like a typical C-5? If it didn't but still looked like a C-5, it was most likely the new C-5M with the new CF6 engines
Are they quieter than the old engine? I sure hope not, love the sound of the engines on that beast. Hearing them fly over doing touch and go's at WPAFB is the thing I miss most about not being at home that much anymore.
c5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
Quoting 757luver (Reply 5): Are they quieter than the old engine? I sure hope not, love the sound of the engines on that beast. Hearing them fly over doing touch and go's at WPAFB is the thing I miss most about not being at home that much anymore.
Unfortunately yes, they are much quieter. I will miss the whine of the TF39s myself, but they will still be around for a few years at least. If you didn't actually see a C-5M takeoff and know that it was a C-5, it would sound like any other large airliner nowadays.
"But this airplane has 4 engines, it's an entirely different kind of flying! Altogether"