At a roll-out ceremony May 16 at Lockheed Martin's plant in Marietta, Ga., the Air Force accepted delivery of the first C-5M Galaxy, the first of 111 that will undergo modernization at the facility, extending the fleet's life by more than 25 years.
Two more photos on the linked page - one inside and one more outside - plus a brief video (click on links RH side "view all images" and "C-5M Rollout").
The CF-6 looks pretty good on the C-5 IMO, and I have no doubt the upgrades will increase FRED's reliability.
Galaxy5007 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9448 times:
Its not permanant. It is installed for flight testing only. They have to do it with the probe(which is orange by the way) so they can calibrate all the computers upstairs and monitor everything that is happening in flight testing. As said already, it was on the original C-5s, only in black. The C-17 and 141 had it as well in flight testing. Once flight testing is done, they'll remove it and put a traditional radome back on. With the info the collect, they can load the proper calibrations in to future C-5Ms without having to do flight testing over and over again. They made it orange so it would be noticable. The people working on that plane for 2 years now aren't exactly used to having a stick coming out the nose)especially when kneeled).
From what I heard, they are going to paint and refurbish it after flight testing before delivering it to us. 86-0013 is the first one, 86-0025 is second, and 69-0024 is third, all Dover birds. The first 17 will be going to Dover. They planned on incorporating it into the PDM process to minimize down time.
B747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 245 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9162 times:
I for one would love to see the side view of the new engines. I have worked C-5's for over 12 years, and this is very exciting for me. In fact 86-0013 is the last C-5 I flew on as a flying crew chief, before I PCS'd
Please some one give pics or links to side on shots
In this Air Force photograph, a C-5 gets a new
General Electric CF6 engine at the Lockheed
Martin plant in Marietta. The C-5 airlift fleet is
undergoing major modifications that could result
in major guidance, navigation and engine upgrades.