Hi David – I worked on the C-5 from 87-91. By that time the wing mods were done and I was at Travis, we didn’t have any white birds (the grey-white livery). I do recall they were originally returned to the bases after the wing mod with the Euro 1 paint job on the wing itself minus the slats, flaps, etc. What was also interesting at the time was the A models had a “lighter” Euro 1 paint scheme than the B models. The B models had the dark forest green on them. Other than the VHF antennae, that was the only way we could distinguish them at the time. The B’s had the rectangular shape VHF and the A’s had the “shark tooth” VHF – for lack of better words.
Also, and this is just what I was told at the time, because of the Euro 1 paint job, the warranties on the avionics was voided because it would get so hot in the avionics compartments since it was on the upper left hand side of the aircraft. What we would do on those hot days was actually fire up the APU’s, open both compartment doors and turn the A/C full cold to help cool stuff down.
The thing I hated the most about the Euro 1 paint job was it soaked up the hydraulic leaks – you could never get that fluid cleaned up! Easy to tell where the cargo doors are though!
I always liked the scheme on 8217 – especially because they only painted the radome black and not the entire nose radome plug – made the aircraft look sharp IMO. I still wouldn’t mind getting one of those plugs for a small garden shed though! I also recall that Dover had to keep at least one white bird at the time incase they flew into neutral countries - not sure if that's true or not but at least there was a white bird!
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LM would probably be the only company that could do it, and if such a program began today it would take about 4-5 years to produce the first airplane.
I still think the biggest mistake about the B models was not installing the CF6 engines out of the factory.