I ended my C-5 years in 2005, saw the M prototype being converted at Dobbins at a flight manuals review just before leaving. A M flew over the house the other day, probably at 2,000’ AGL, nearly unnoticed. 18 years in it, I wished could have flown the M. An AMP’d A with HT-90s would be good enough for a lot of work. But, way too much support would be required to fly such a small fleet.
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C-5B 85-0004 and C-5A 69-0024 were inducted into AMP mod in 2002; Travis put in 5004, and we put in 9024. They started the AMP production at Dover in June 2004 on 86-0013, followed by 86-0025 in September 2004. The flew 6013 straight out of here in October to Lockheed to be the first for RERP (6025 finished up in January), then 5003 was AMPed and it flew to Lockheed to join the flight testing along with 5004 and 9024. Then in mid 2005, 5003 and 5004 came back to Dover, and 5004 got transferred to us. Once the AMP production got up and running here, they opened up another production line at Travis, and started out with 5005. We ended up getting two more Travis birds out of the deal. Once we started flying AMPed jets, the reliability definitely was higher on them because alot of the avionics related problems were solved. Our reliability rates were up in the upper 60's for the AMPed birds, where they were in the 50's for the non-amped versions.
In 2010, the plan was to AMP 37 A-models and have them continue service until 2025-2030. Lockheed was hoping to at least RERP some of them in the future, but they were 6 to 12 months late on several aircraft, breached the Nunn-McCurdy act, and after the lessons learned from modifying 9024, the AF decided against it. In 2011, they cancelled the contract for the last 10 A models, so only 27 got modified in the AMP production line. By that point, the AF slated Wright-Patt, Stewart, and Memphis were going to convert to C-17's, and Martinsburg was on the list for another potential unit (which of course did happen in 2014/15. It was pretty clear to me once they cancelled the 10 that had funding already that the plan was to retire all the A models. Originally they were to be gone by the end of FY16, but since the M model production line was going to take all the jets away from Westover, they decided to keep 5 A models in service till Westover got its first M model delivered.
To get back on topic; Pittsburgh has 5 C-17's now. After they get the last 3, it will bring Charleston down to 39 and McChord to 40 C-17's. It never made any sense why Westover split their C-5 fleet and gave 8 jets to Lackland when they would have been a perfect place for another C-17 base. So, now we have Charleston, McChord, Altus (Active but a training base), Dover, McGuire, Travis, and Hickam as active bases, March, Wright-Patterson, and Pittsburgh as reserve bases, and Jackson (MS), Memphis, Stewart, Martinsburg, Elmendorf, and Charlotte as the Guard bases. The Active C-5Ms are at Dover and Travis (18 each), and Westover and Lackland have 8 each as reserve bases)