JetBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1225 posts, RR: 11 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6064 times:
I was recently out in the middle of nowhere near the town of Galena on Maryland's eastern shore when I heard a roar and saw a C5 flying directly overhead. Needless to say, I snapped tons of photos! I am pretty sure that a/c was from Dover AFB, but what would they be doing with C5s other than tsunami help? Besides, it was heading east. Thanks in advance!
BH From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5636 times:
I have to agree with N328KF and SATL382G them guys are everywhere these days.When were out on the ramp at BWI you can see the whole armada of C-17's, C-5's and C-141's flying the approach into Andrews (and the departures going the other way.) Hopefully we will see a slow down soon.
B747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 245 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5563 times:
All aircrew need proficiency training. The C-5 you saw was probably on one of there 4-hour training flights. They call these "Locals".They do this everyday of the week. Sometime they will venture several hundred miles from home, but usually stay within 50-100nm of Dover.
JetBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1225 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5546 times:
I wasn't aware that Dover was sending a/c to Iraq but I guess so. As I said before, the a/c was heading inland rather than toward the ocean. I am sorry that you thought I only considered tsunami relief, I didn't think of the other things!
JetBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1225 posts, RR: 11 Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5421 times:
Sorry SATL382G, I did contradict myself! The a/c was heading WEST. I have completely scanned this message for error and it is correct.
It was at about 20,000 feet at cruising speed and looked just like this one-
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5386 times:
A Training flight...
Moving Supplies west..
Moving personal west...
Going out on Deployment west...
Coming back from deployment in Europe/Middle East....
I grew up near NAS Brunswick and we would have C-5's come up all the time and do touch and goes. They'd do about 10 or so and then fly on back to their base.
The military uses cargo planes just like FDX and UPS does. They'll fill up a C-5 with 'stuff' and fly it there there... the same goes with personal headed out on deployment. Back to NAS-Brunswick, when ever a squadron would head out on deployment, they'd fly in a C-5 for all the support personal and parts and fly them out.
[Edited 2005-01-30 04:42:43]
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C5Loadmaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 4 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4806 times:
Hello everyone. The C5 in question may have been returning from the Tsunami relief area. But then again it could have been to any of the military bases in the country and returning to Dover, or and this is the most likely reason and it was at Andrews AFB outside of Washington doing Presidential Support and it was returning to Dover. The C5's have been to just about everywhere in the world to include Iraq. We are a CARGO plane so we bring supplies and troops, and helicopters, trucks, tanks, and anything else the military owns to anyplace in the world that they are needed at. And we also do humanitarian relief such as the Tsunami.
JetBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1225 posts, RR: 11 Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4595 times:
Thank you for the info. The C5 is quite an impressive plane! I was down in the same area recently and saw another one, but it was much higher and heading toward Dover. In that case I'm pretty sure where it was heading!
Fredplt From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 110 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4318 times:
Looks like what you saw could be a C5 from just about anywhere, Dover, Travis, and most likely if it was heading towards the coast it was either going to land at Dover or it was coasting out towards Europe. Hell, I could have been flying it. I have been flying missions to Iraq and back on a constant basis, and even though I am a Travis AFB C5 pilot, we never go to the pacific anymore. The C5s are carrying close to 50% of all cargo into iraq, even at a fraction of the number of tails as compared to the C17s and C130s. You would be astounded as to the amount of places the C5 goes, but if I was a betting man, I would say it was eventually destined for the middle east!