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C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:23 am

Hey guys,
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!

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:35 am

Just an idea:

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:52 am

You think the only thing they have to do is Tsunami relief?

How about aircrew training, Iraq, Afghanistan, support of US forces in Europe, disaster relief that doesn't make the news, joint airborne training for the Army, Pacific theatre, etc?

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:31 am

Prolly some kind of training mission would be my guess...

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:14 am

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.
 
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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:43 pm

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.

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 1:00 am

Hey,
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!

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 9:23 am

C-5's fly in and out of Baghdad International all the time.
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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 2:19 am

My point is that the a/c was not going out toward Iraq, it was heading inland. Unless it was going to pick up something, I don't know where it might be going.

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 2:31 am

Your original post leaves out a lot of detail. It could be doing anything, even going to Iraq, based on your description.

What was the altitude, speed, configuration, etc.? With some of that kind of info one MIGHT be able to arrive at a conclusion.

..and then you contradict yourself (1st post "Besides, it was heading east", Reply 8 "it was heading inland") which really muddies things.
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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:47 am

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-

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I doubt it was that exact a/c but it was in the gray scheme. Otherwise I couldn't tell much else about it.

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 6:10 am

Heck from that location and at 20K it could have been going anywhere and doing just about anything, including going to Iraq....

Now if it'd been down low, under 5k, it'd be a bit more interesting...
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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Sun Jan 30, 2005 12:40 pm

Lets see......

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.



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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:43 am

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.
 
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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Fri Mar 11, 2005 2:32 am

Hello C5Loadmaster,
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!

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RE: C5 Galaxy Over Maryland's Eastern Shore?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:57 am

Hi
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!  Smile

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