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User currently offlineGolfOscarDelta From India, joined Feb 2008, 169 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

Folks,

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?

Thanks,

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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3007 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

Might have been one of the newer "widebody" military cargo planes they're flying nowadays. Can't think of the name, but I've seen a few coming in/out of GSP occasionally.


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User currently offlinec5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Quoting GolfOscarDelta (Thread starter):
So i'm guessing its probably a C5 out of MGE. However i'm not sure it was a C5.

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.



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User currently offlineAvconsultant From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1360 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

The C-5's fill up the sky, he could have been higher just appeared lower. I saw the AN-225 once going into IAH and I thought he was low, when I checked it on Flightaware he was 6,000 ft.

User currently offlineGolfOscarDelta From India, joined Feb 2008, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Quoting c5load (Reply 2):
CF6 engines.
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.


User currently offline757luver From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1758 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.



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User currently offlinec5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1685 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.  



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