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Dover C-5Ms complete test in surge operations
A C-5M Super Galaxy takes off during its First Flight ceremony at Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Ga., plant in June 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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C-5M surge operations complete

Posted 12/3/2009   Updated 12/3/2009 Email story   Print story


by Maj Ronald L. Betts
436 AMXS maintenance operations officer

12/3/2009 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del.  -- The C-5M Super Galaxy team has completed another stage of operational test and evaluation with the conclusion of surge operations here.
The surge operations consisted of 31 days of delivering essential cargo and flying sorties non-stop, from Dover Air Force Base to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey without refueling to test wartime contingency operations.

"Our maintainers spent the last 12 months training for this big game. Not only are they hitting a home run with regards to OT&E, but they hit a grand slam during the surge. The C-5M is a strategic airlift revolution - proven by successful completion of the Dover - Incirlik surge," said Maj. Stephanie Halcrow, 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, who had responsibility for preparing the C-5M aircraft and personnel for OT&E.

During the surge period, the C-5M flew 34 sorties and moved 3.8 million pounds of cargo while saving time and fuel.
Traditional C-5B Galaxy sorties include fuel stops at Rota Naval Air Station, Spain, which the C-5M bypassed as part of the operational test and evaluation. This direct flight to Incirlik AB saved more than 365 hours, 289 of those on the ground, and approximately 1.3 million pounds of fuel.

"The new engines have significantly increased the C-5Ms capabilities," said Lt. Col. Mike Semo, C-5M Dover Program Officer. "With the non-stop flights to Incirlik, Turkey, we delivered more cargo in less time to the warfighter. The direct delivery capability to the Central Command AOR without utilizing scarce air refueling assets provides a unique capability available to the DoD leadership."

With the completion of surge operations a significant milestone has been achieved in the operational test and evaluation, with two additional goals still to meet. The first will take place at Eielson AFB, Alaska in December. While there, the C-5M maintenance team must demonstrate the removal and replacement of the C-5M engine in the extreme cold of Alaska, with temperatures forecasted to be about 30 degrees below zero.
Finally, the C-5M must have a total of 1,300 flying hours, which means the C-5M team has to accomplish less than 400 more flying hours to reach this mark.

Estimates place the completion of operational test and evaluation sometime in January 2010. Once completed, the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, the agency with oversight of the C-5M operational test and evaluation here, will present a report to Congress regarding the tests conducted here.

12/4/2009 2:02:43 PM ET
Awesome accomplishments by Team is great to see how far the C-5M program has come in a short time. Our Air Force needs this program to be successful and men and women of Dover AFB know exactly how to make it happen. Congratulations
JP, Tinker AFB
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