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C-5 gross versus 747

Sat Mar 13, 1999 5:07 pm

Apparently right after a military C-5 Galaxy landed and cleared the active it taxied by a Boeing 747 that was holding short of the runway. The Galaxy captain knowing how much larger his aircraft was keyed the mic and asked the 747 captain, "Hey little buddy, what's your gross?" Not to be out done the 747 captain keyed his mic and replied "A little over two hundred thousand dollars a year, how about you?"


RE: C-5 gross versus 747

Sat Mar 13, 1999 6:34 pm

LOLOL....Very Funny! Cheers 747!

RE: C-5 gross versus 747

Sat Mar 13, 1999 9:37 pm

The story as I read it in Airways magazine was like this:
A 747 captain asked the young air force C-5 pilot what he was grossing today. The young, brash, cocky C-5 pilot said, "About a 100,000 lbs more than you. What are you grossing today?", he asked.
The 747 pilot said, "Oh, about a $100,000 more than you!"
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RE: C-5 gross versus 747

Sat Mar 13, 1999 9:44 pm

Lots of people think that military cargo pilots are just like taxi drivers, but that's not true. They still do their share of exciting flying... the C-130 people practice dropping tanks out the back at 6 feet and 100 knots... the C-17 and C-141 pilots have to fly Thunderbirs-style formations when they do their tactical airdrop manoeuvres... I think even the C-5 was armed with ballistic missiles at one time. You can't do stuff like that flying a commercial plane unless you work for Southern Air Transport.

Well, maybe after reading yesterday's report I'll have to add Northwest to that list.