jabpilot
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C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 1:17 am

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport made a successful emergency landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Wednesday. The C-5, which is one of the largest aircraft in the world, was unable to extend its nose landing gear. The crew brought it down on Rogers Dry Lake, a lake bed on the base. No injuries were sustained by the eight crew members and nine passengers aboard. One Air Force official called it a "picture-perfect landing." The C-5 is based at Travis Air Force Base in California. A board will be formed to determine the cause of the malfunction.

CNN also showed the clip of the emergency landing Thursday morning.

Jeff

 
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apuneger
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 2:59 am

Wow. Nice job of the pilots I think. It must be difficult to perform such an emergency landing with 'the mother of all heavies'.

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wolfpacker
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 4:07 am

I saw a clip of this on CNN, talk about wild. He was on main wheels for over a minute before front of aircraft touched the ground.
 
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 5:10 am

I remember a few years ago a B-1B bomber had the same problem with it's nose gear and made the same type of emergency landing at Edwards AFB CA.
 
Monocleman
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 5:18 am

Do you know where one can find the video? I don't know where I can find it in the CNN archives. Thanks in advance
-Will
 
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 5:38 am

Let's see..a 25 mile long runway of soft sand and no one got injured? I'd be surprised if they had!

Has there ever been a nose gear up landing that actually resulted in anything other than a few exit related injuries?
 
jabpilot
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RE: Greg

Fri May 04, 2001 7:43 am

A 25 mile runway? Edwards has a "Dry Lake Bed" which is quite hard but is not soft sand. I believe the runway is alot shorter than 25 miles.

Jeff

 
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 8:24 am

Heres the link to the story with pics

http://asia.cnn.com/2001/US/05/02/c5.landing/index.html
 
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 9:22 am

I saw the clip of the landing on the 6:00 A.M. news. The crew did perform a superb landing. I have to say that the C-5 looked very impressive rolling on all of its back wheels for those seconds until the nose hit the sand  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 9:40 am

Sorry,

He did his job and landed the way he was trained. Plus its hard to go wrong on a huge lake bed.
 
Delta777-XXX
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Emergency Landing

Fri May 04, 2001 11:55 am

This is not a first for the C-5. I remember seeing a video of one landing with the nose gear up.

No wait, it may have been a book. I think it was a video though.