hangarrat
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C-5 Galaxy Flying In Formation

Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:14 am

Last Saturday (11/1/08) I was talking photos at ILG when I noticed three heavy contrails in close proximity. Through my telephoto, I could make out three aircraft that appeared to be C-5s flying in close trail at what I'd guess to be FL 30.

I've never seen anything to suggest that C-5s fly in formation. I actually got the impression that it's pretty unusual anymore for military transports or even bombers to fly close proximity to one another.

Did I see something unusual?
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Flying In Formation

Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:41 am

It can be done, though it is not usual. But, keep in mind that every air refueling flight is also formation flying. This could have been two KC-135Rs and a C-5. They would be around FL-250.

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