The C-5 Galaxy: a Modern Military Airlifter

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The C-5 Galaxy: A Modern Military Airlifter

Terry Wydeven
ENGL135 Advanced Composition March 7 2007

Terry Wydeven
Instructor C. Gorman
English 135
7 March 2007

The C-5 Galaxy military cargo transport airplane is an awesome workhorse for the United States Department of Defense (DoD), primarily the military. The C-5 offers unique capabilities unlike any other platform. Not only does it have outsized and oversized cargo capability, it is the only airlifter in the Air Force capable of moving 100 percent of the DoD's certified air-transportable cargo (Johnson, 2003). The air Force wants to spend $8.8 plus billion dollars to upgrade the aircraft fleet so it will be more reliable in future years. Is this project worth that much money? In recent years, America has been forced with budget cuts and an exceptionally reduced military force. Everywhere you look state, federal and military programs are being slashed to save the taxpayer money and reduce the federal deficit. As we all know, our military strength is very important to this nation. As the world’s police force, it takes a great deal on money to support our interests around the globe and the military is a large part of our global enforcement. Cut the budget too much and we will not be effective. The C-5A Galaxy first rolled off the assembly line in 1968. A newer version, the C5B, came to life in the early 1980s. This newer version had some structural upgrades but not much in the terms of avionics and engines. In the past ten or so years, the reliability of the aircraft has greatly declined. It takes many hours of maintenance for the airplane to fly just one hour. The military wanted to put the airplane in the bone yard and exclusively build the C-17 Globemaster to replace the aging C-5. One problem with that is the C-5 is much larger than the C-17 and the military has…...

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